We went all out this Constitution Day

When House Republicans unveiled our Better Way agenda earlier this year, we dedicated an entire plank to restoring the people’s voice in our government.  

But this plank — “A Better Way to Do the People’s Business” — is more than a part of our plan for a confident America. We believe it’s the most important part. That’s because restoring the American people’s voice through their elected representatives is the only way to ensure that the government works for the people — not the other way around.

So you can imagine just how excited we were to celebrate Constitution Day over the weekend.  That’s right, Saturday marked 229 years since the ratification of the Constitution. The Law of the Land. And we went all out:

  • The Weekly Address: Constitution Edition | The GOP Weekly Address was brought to you this week by Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-PA), who provided a closer look at our Better Way agenda: “Our Better Way plan seeks to restore the separation of powers in at least a few important ways. We propose that Congress actually write laws in clear language that provides clear lines of authority. No gray areas that allow unelected bureaucrats to run amuck. We propose new limits on spending, so that Congress and the people have the ultimate say over how your tax dollars are being spent. And, we want to increase transparency across the board. Make government publish more information about what it’s doing. And, especially what it’s regulating. After all, this is the people’s business.”
  • House GOP Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) for National Review | McMorris Rodgers writes, “…I am so proud that our Conference came together and recognized the importance of restoring constitutional authority. We devoted an entire plank of our Better Way agenda to it, and unequivocally it is the most important plank. At the end of the day, legislating means nothing if the American people aren’t at the core. We emphasize the need for making government more accountable by placing agencies and bureaucracy under more scrutiny from Congress; to make government more representative by rewriting old laws and implementing new ones so regulations reflect the will — and input — of the people; to restore checks on spending; and to make government more transparent by publishing publicly what we’re doing.”

For House Republicans, though, every day is Constitution Day. That’s because we believe these principles should be lived out — and protected — in everything we do as the people’s representatives, all year long.  These reps agree:

Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) | “The beauty of the American system of representative government is that every person across this great country of ours is meant to have a say,” said Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) during the unveiling. “Laws are developed and voted on by the people chosen to represent them, interpreted by the courts, and signed into law and enforced – as is – by the executive branch.”

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Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) at Better Way to Do the People’s Business Rollout

The House passed Rep. Ratcliffe’s Separation of Powers Restoration  Act earlier this year, with the aim of restoring the balance of powers that our Founders intended in the Constitution: “Texans and people across the United States deserve to have their voice restored. They deserve a Better Way. After all, we’re here to serve them, not the other way around.”

Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) | “I believe our Founding Fathers were inspired when they formed our government …Unfortunately, the roles [of each branch] have become far too muddled in recent decades, with an executive branch that pushes out rules, regulations, and executive orders with the same force as law, but without the American people’s input.”

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Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) at Better Way to Do the People’s Business Rollout

Rep. French Hill (R-AR) | “As a businessman for more than three decades from Arkansas, I’ve seen firsthand the negative effects of an executive branch that bypasses Congress to either propose their own rules or enforce laws in ways that were not intended – all without the input of the American people … The Founders considered the legislative branch the preeminent branch. The first branch. All three branches are in competition. When one gets a little too ambitious, the others need to counter that ambition. [Better Way] is about countering the ambition of the executive branch.”

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Rep. French Hill (R-AR) at Better Way to Do the People’s Business Rollout

Rep. Darin LaHood | And here, Rep. Darin LaHood questions witnesses on affirming the constitutional oversight responsibilities of the people’s representatives in Congress.

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Rep. Darin LaHood (R-IL) at House Science Committee Hearing

We believe that in a confident America, the government upholds the Constitution and works for the people — “We, the People.”  To read more about our work on this and more, visit better.gop.