Rep. Mike Kelly: 'The Real Answer to All of This Is an Outcry From the Public'

February 17, 2014 - 8:20 AM

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Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) (AP File Photo)

(CNSNews.com) – Republicans are outraged by President Obama’s stated intention to bypass Congress whenever he can – most recently by delaying Obamacare’s employer mandate for mid-size companies until 2016, three years beyond the start date set down in the actual law.

But there’s only so much Congress can do about it, said Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.)

“Now, we can do investigations, as you know, we can expose, but what we really need are the American people to be outraged by what's going on,” Kelly told Fox News’s Megyn Kelly Friday night. “The real answer to all of this is an outcry from the public.”

Kelly said he doesn’t know where President Obama is trying to take the country. “It doesn’t look good to me and it doesn’t look good for members of Congress. It certainly should not look good to any single American that’s out there.”

Kelly has written a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, asking him to explain the constitutional authority that allows President Obama to change existing law without congressional approval.

But, Kelly admitted, “It is very difficult to get answers from the Department of Justice, especially Attorney General Holder.

“This is the chief law enforcement officer in the country who doesn't answer subpoenas. The Department of Justice does not hold him accountable when he is in contempt of Congress. And I think the people -- and this is not a Republican issue, by the way -- this is a strictly American issue.

“If we cannot get answers from these folks, definitive answers as to what has given this president the ability to leapfrog and go over the Constitution, and the powers that he has granted to the Constitution -- you cannot just change laws.”

Kelly said Congress could sue the president, but lawmakers must have the legal standing to do so: “That would mean that I, as a member of Congress, would have to have been adversely affected by the president’s action.”

He called President Obama's unilateral changes to Obamacare "an unprecedented overreach of executive powers."

"There is a process we work by," he said. "[T]his is a government that works for the people. This is not a place where people work for the government. My goodness, if we can't see clearly right now that, 'If I don't get my way, then I'll tell you what I'm going to do. I'm going to disregard the law, I'm going to go above it. I'm going to do what I have to do to get it done. And I dare you to do something about it.'

"I'm going to tell you, I sit with a lot of men and women right now on both sides of the aisle by the way, that are very, very concerned with what this president are doing. We will not back off. We will continue to investigate and expose."