Saturday, January 8, 2011

Republicans Introduce Bill To Fire Obama’s 39 Czars

This bill was introduced in the Democrat-controlled House and was pushed aside, but with Republicans now in the House majority it’s seeing the light of day again, though with Demcorats controlling the Senate and Obama still in the White House the bill is unlikely to get much further than the House.

Though that doesn’t mean it’s a bad idea.

A group of House Republicans introduced a bill on Wednesday to rein in the various “czars” in the Obama administration.

Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) and 28 other House Republicans introduced legislation to do away with the informal, paid advisers President Obama has employed over the past two years.

The legislation, which was introduced in the last Congress but was not allowed to advance under Democratic control, would do away with the 39 czars Obama has employed during his administration.

The bill defines a czar as “a head of any task force, council, policy office within the Executive Office of the President, or similar office established by or at the direction of the President” who is appointed to a position that would otherwise require Senate confirmation.

This is akin to Senator Jim DeMint’s REINS Act in the Senate which would require that any new rule-making by a federal regulatory agency be voted on by Congress and signed into law by the President. We have far too many unelected bureaucrats pushing regulations onto the citizens and businesses of this country, that we must follow under the force of law, without those regulations being crafted and voted on by our elected representation.

We have a bureaucratic regime at the federal level that not only abuses its power, but is unaccountable to the public. Obama’s czars are part of that regime, and it’s high time these bureaucrats were reeled in.

We elect Presidents and Senators and Representatives to make laws, not to delegate that authority to czars and bureaucrats so that they can avoid accountability for tough decisions.