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By Danielle Dean

The U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary passed the Executive Overreach Task Force Resolution of 2016 by voice vote on Feb. 3.

The purpose of thU.S. capitole task force will be to organize hearings and investigations on issues of the separation of powers and executive overreach. The task force is also authorized to report findings or recommendations that aim to address concerns on maintaining balance between the exeutive and legislative branches of government.

Representative David Cicilline (D-R.I.) proposed an amendment recommending the addition of the language “as well as Congress’ failure to perform its legislative functions.” The amendment failed by voice vote and was not adopted.

Representative Bob Goodlatte (D-Va.) said presidents from both parties have stretched their authority beyond the Constitution and that the executive has a duty to execute the laws faithfully. He notes that the House has a duty to aggressively guard their role in the constitutional legislative process and the task force would help ensure that they do so.

The resolution limits the operation of the task force to six months and is set to expire on Aug. 2. Representative Steve King (R-Iowa)  will chair the task force and Representative Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) will be the ranking minority member. NCSL will continue to track the activities of the task force and provide updates on findings and recommendations.

Danielle Dean is a policy specialist wtih NCSL's Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee.

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