McConnell, above, said Obama failed in his duty to enforce the laws passed by Congress when he announced a delay of the employer health care mandate.
They also questioned why the administration did not at the same time delay the individual mandate requiring people to pay a tax penalty if they fail to buy health insurance.
“We agree with you that many of the provisions in the law cannot be implemented within the current time frame; but we strongly disagree with you that time will ever remedy these predictable consequences of the law,” the leaders and committee chairmen wrote.
Republicans last week said the decision was part of a disturbing trend of the president deciding which laws to enforce and which to ignore, and they questioned whether he was abusing his discretion under the Constitution.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.