On July 30, 1999,
Representative Ron Paul (Texas) and Representative Jack
Metcalf (Washington) introduced H.R. 2655 – The Separation
of Powers Restoration Act in the U.S. House of
Representatives to reclaim our liberty by restoring the
separation of powers of our national government.
H.R. 2655 would have:
1. Prohibited a presidential executive order from having
the effect of law.
2. Suspended all states of national emergencies declared
since 1976 (the last time Congress canceled such
3. Granted legal standing to individual members of the
U.S. Congress, state officials and private citizens who
believe a presidential executive order is unconstitutional.
4. Repealed the 1973 War Powers Resolution.
On October 27, 1999, the U.S.
House Committee on Rules, Subcommittee on Legislative and
Budget Process held a hearing "The Impact of Executive
Orders on the Legislative Process: Executive
Lawmaking?" William J. Olson, counsel to The
Liberty Committee testified before the subcommittee.
To read Mr. Olson's testimony, please click
here. To read Mr. Olson's answers to submitted
questions, please click
On October 28, 1999, the U.S. House Committee on
Judiciary, Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law
held a hearing on H.R. 2655. Representatives Paul and Metcalf testified before the
subcommittee. To read Representative Paul's testimony,
here. To read Representative Metcalf's testimony,
H.R. 2655 has 44
cosponsors as of November 2, 2000. To read an analysis
of H.R. 2655, please click