The HoR slaps Obama on the wrists over his Executive Order

House Republicans passed a bill last night, telling Obama off for his passing of the executive order giving 5 million immigrants protection from deportation. This is a really useful examples for the powers, or not, of the Congress to check the President – in this instance, the executive order remains intact and the Democrat-controlled Senate are unlikely to pass the bill, so it has achieved nothing other than gaining press attention. Doubtless, this was the intent and therefore it could have arguably achieved it’s aims; this does beg the question however, have they no other powers to more actively check Obama? Certainly, it provides good fodder for an essay on checks and balances where it seems to suggest the balance of power is skewed towards the President, even at a time where some have argued he could be a lame duck.