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Watch Rep. Trey Gowdy's fiery defense of the Enforce the Law Act

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Rep. Trey Gowdy took to the House floor Wednesday to defend his proposed Enforce the Laws Act, which would empower Congress to take the executive branch to federal court for unilaterally changing or refusing to enforce federal laws.

The South Carolina Republican questioned why Congress would work with President Obama on immigration reform "if presidents can turn off the very provisions that we passed."

"How do we explain away a refusal to enforce mandatory minimums that were passed by Congress and affirmed by the Supreme Court?" Gowdy asked, pivoting to the Department of Justice's plan to instruct federal prosecutors to limit the application of mandatory minimums for certain non-violent drug offenders.

"If it's good enough for us to ask brand new citizens to affirm their devotion to the law, is it too much to ask that the president do the same?

"If a president can change some laws, can he change all laws? Can he change election laws? Can he change discrimination laws? Are there any laws under your theory that he actually has to enforce?

"I will never stand and clap when any president, no matter whether he's your party or mine, promises to make us a constitutional anomaly and an afterthought. We make law."

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