Rep. Collins: Congress Has Become 'Inconsequential'

Tuesday, 03 Dec 2013 05:16 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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Congress has completely lost its clout and must work tirelessly to seize power back from the presidency, says U.S. Rep. Doug Collins.

"Congress has allowed itself to become, for lack of a better term, inconsequential . . . We have lost control of the purse strings, we're not appropriating as we should, not controlling the issues from a legislative perspective," Collins, of Georgia, told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"[That] allows the administration to do what it wants to do," Collins said Tuesday, "and I'm very concerned that even if a Republican was elected next time, if we allow the executive to continue to do this, we've messed with the founders' vision of a three checks and balances system."

Collins says Article 1 of the Constitution, which details the powers of Congress, must be enforced more rigidly.

"In many of these decisions, this president has used areas of moving moneys from one pot to another to pay for something else. He's taken away that power of the purse so we don't have that capability," Collins said.

"Congressional authority has been eroded for several decades and . . . [Congress] has got to take back over that role and properly take its place as one of the three branches of government."

He said the Affordable Care Act is a prime example of Congress' lacking its own oversight.

"It was designed in these executive departments without any oversight. We gave that away," Collins said.

"When you couple that with the fact that we can't come together on budgets, we can't come together on appropriations, and we refuse to withhold funds from things that need to be withheld, then you set up a problematic system in which the executive has assumed more authority and role than they should have."

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