Washington, DC – Today, the House of Representatives passed Rep. Ron DeSantis’ Faithful Execution of the Law Act in a bipartisan vote of 244 - 171. This legislation aims to increase transparency by making the Obama Administration justify their non-enforcement of laws to the American people.
Currently, the Attorney General is required to report to Congress any time the Department of Justice stops enforcement of a law on the grounds that it is unconstitutional. The Faithful Execution of the Law Act strengthens this provision by extending this reporting requirement to include any federal officer who implements a formal or informal policy of non-enforcement, regardless of whether it is being done on constitutional or policy grounds.
"The Faithful Execution of the Law Act will provide transparency for Congress and the American people with respect to the suspension of the law by the executive," DeSantis said. "Leaking information to the press or burying a delay in an obscure footnote in some regulatory document is hardly consistent with being the most transparent administration in history. Our constitutional system presupposes that laws passed by Congress will be enforced and it is appropriate to require formal disclosure by the executive branch when there is a nonenforcement policy established. Sunlight is the best disinfectant."
DeSantis spoke on the House floor in support of his legislation – watch his remarks by clicking here.