Congressman Peter Roskam

Representing the 6th District of Illinois

An Unprecedented Victory for the Rule of Law

May 12, 2016
Press Release

Washington, D.C— Earlier today, a U.S. District Court handed down a monumental decision, ruling the Obama Administration violated the law by sending billions of taxpayer dollars to big insurance companies to subsidize Obamacare without authorization from Congress, as the Constitution requires. This action by a federal judge represents an unprecedented rebuke to the Obama Administration’s unconstitutional executive overreach.

U.S. Representative Peter J. Roskam, Chairman of the Ways & Means Subcommittee on Oversight, issued the following statement:

This is a big deal – after a seemingly limitless string of unilateral actions to expand the scope of its executive power, the Obama Administration has finally been rebuffed.

“When elementary school children learn about our Constitution they read about how the Founding Fathers envisioned a system of checks and balances. President Obama has interpreted this to mean he writes the checks and the American people pay the balance.

“I’m pleased to see this federal court recognize the lawlessness of the administration’s improper payments to big insurance companies. The Oversight Subcommittee will continue to conduct vigorous oversight and fight to rein in government excess and abuse wherever we find it. Today’s ruling is a great victory for the House of Representatives and, more importantly, for the rule of law.”

Last June, Chairman Roskam exposed tens of billions of dollars of additional illegal spending on a second Obamacare program, known as the Basic Health Program. He appeared on Fox News’s On the Record with Greta Van Susteren to explain his findings. The administration’s illegal funding of the Basic Health Program mirrors the lawless actions shot down by today’s ruling.