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.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.