Lance Statement on House Obamacare Lawsuit

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“President Obama cannot spend more than $150 billion in taxpayer funds without approval from the People’s House.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07)  today released the following statement after a federal district judge ruled in favor of the U.S. House’s lawsuit that the Obama Administration funded parts of Obamacare unlawfully:

The Constitution is clear:  only Congress has the power of the purse.  President Obama cannot spend more than $ 150 billion in taxpayer funds without approval from the People’s House.  Today’s ruling vindicates continued congressional efforts to hold the Obama Administration accountable for overreaching its executive authority and overstepping its constitutional bounds repeatedly.”

U.S. District Court Judge Rosemary M. Collyer on Thursday ruled the Obama Administration has been improperly funding an Obamacare subsidy program that was never authorized by Congress.

As a member of the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, Lance has led the fight in the House against the Obama Administration’s efforts to spend taxpayer funds unconstitutionally without approval from Congress.

Lance joined the House in support of its House v. Burwell lawsuit two years ago as a check on the executive branch’s ability to change legislation once it was approved by Congress.