Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Sunday that President Obama’s pledge to use executive actions to move his agenda forward in 2014 was an arrogant abuse of power.

“It sounds vaguely like a threat,” Paul said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “I think it also has a certain amount of arrogance in the sense that one of the fundamental principles of our country were the checks and balances — it wasn’t supposed to be easy to pass legislation. You had to debate and convince people, and so there’s a lot of things the president is not allowed to do.”

Obama grabbed headlines earlier this month when he said he would use his “pen” and “phone” to accomplish his legislative goals in areas where Congress fails to act. The president has dubbed 2014 a “year of action” and is vowing to heavily rely on executive authority to accomplish his policy goals.