GOP chairman: Obama's actions undermine democracy

Rep. Jason ChaffetzJason ChaffetzThe myth of the conservative bestseller Elijah Cummings, Democratic chairman and powerful Trump critic, dies at 68 House Oversight panel demands DeVos turn over personal email records MORE (R-Utah) is blasting President Obama for executive overreach.

“This is the playbook of the Obama administration — it is unilateral, overreaching and unconstitutional,” the chairman of the House Oversight Committee wrote in an op-ed for CNN on Wednesday. "Left unchecked, it is behavior that undermines, and will ultimately erode, the foundation of our democracy and freedom.

“Examples of Obama’s overreach, lack of transparency and absence of accountability appear to be endless. It seems there is no part of ours lives over when he does not seek to impose his will,” he added.

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Chaffetz's op-ed comes a day after Obama delivered his final State of the Union address. Obama vowed to push ahead on his agenda in his last year in office and urged lawmakers to "fix our politics" by examining the role of government. On Wednesday, White House chief of staff Denis McDonough also said Obama would unveil an "audacious" agenda of executive actions.

But Chaffetz is urging Americans to reject that agenda.

“The last seven years are a cautionary tale,” he said. "This is not the right path for America.

“The Constitution of the United States begins with, ‘We the People,’ not ‘I the president,’ ” added Chaffetz. “We elect presidents, not kings, in the United States.

"As such, this pattern of executive abuse and overreach cannot continue. The state of our union depends on it.” 

House Republicans this week also announced the creation of a Task Force on Executive Overreach to study the growing number of presidential orders and actions.

Chaffetz will serve on the committee.