Sen. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Barrasso to seek top spot on Energy and Natural Resources Committee | Forest Service finalizes rule weakening environmental review of its projects | Biden to enlist Agriculture, Transportation agencies in climate fight Senate advances energy regulator nominees despite uncertainty of floor vote Barrasso to seek top spot on Energy and Natural Resources Committee MORE (R-Wyo.) on Thursday said President Obama considers himself exempt from America’s laws.

“It was a stinging defeat for the president,” he said of the Supreme Court’s block of Obama’s immigration policies earlier Thursday. "This has been a string of defeats for a president who believes he is above the law.


“It is time for the president to follow the law, not continue to try to push it, stretch it and ultimately break it," Barrasso added on Fox Business Network. "The courts see what the president is doing and they’re acting in the right way.”

Barrasso said Obama’s executive action on immigration is just one example of the president’s disregard for the rules.

“We’ve seen it with the waters of the United States, we’ve seen it with his clean power plan, we saw it yesterday with a federal judge ruling that the president’s fracking rule, which affects how we produce energy in this country, was illegal,” he said.

“And yet, the White House chief of staff not too long ago said as they go out of office, they’re going to go with ‘audacious executive actions,'" added Barrasso, the chairman of the Republican Policy Committee.

“I think that’s why it’s that much more important we get this right in November and elect a conservative president who will do the right thing in terms of appointing people to the Supreme Court who will follow the law, not re-write the law.”

The Supreme Court on Thursday deadlocked 4-4 over two controversial immigration programs Obama wants implemented.

The tied vote leaves in place a lower court ruling blocking an initiative allowing undocumented immigrants who are parents of U.S. citizens or lawful residents to remain in the U.S. for three years and apply for work permits.

It also prevents the administration from expanding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program Obama issued in 2012.

Obama on Thursday bemoaned the decision, insisting it “takes us further from the country we aspire to be."