Darrell Issa | Serving California's 49th District
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June 25, 2015
Issa: King v Burwell Decision is a Loss for the U.S. Constitution

WASHINGTON, DC –  Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49) released the following statement in light of the the Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision in King v Burwell:

“Today’s Supreme Court decision is a loss for the Constitution and amounts to an egregious expansion of executive power. It flies in the face of one of the principles most fundamental to the American form of government: the separation of powers that gives Congress – not the executive branch, and certainly not agenda-driven agencies like the IRS – the sole ability to write laws.

“The language of the Affordable Care Act could not have been more clear or limiting in its scope, applying only to exchanges established by the states. The Supreme Court has now taken the incredibly illogical leap of deciding that the words ‘exchanges established by the states’ should also mean ‘exchanges not established by the states.’ This decision weakens Congress’ ability to constrain the executive branch and amounts to handing President Obama a $4 trillion check to spend as he sees fit, contrary to Congress’ and the states’ clearly expressed wishes.”

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