I suppose a better question might be how does Congress curtail what they believe is an ever reaching Executive branch?
The House needs to recognize that they don't "rule the roost". The best that they can do on their own is obstruct. The power to act independently rests solely with the POTUS. Obama is the president; get over it!
Prior to Obama, compromise was not an obscenity and half a loaf was better than no loaf. Nooo ... Republicans want the whole loaf when they don't have the juice to get it! They're like petulant children with Boehner being the weak kneed, over-indulgent parent.
The POTUS will no longer kiss republican butt just to get along with them. He never should have done it in the first d..n place.
Given the changing demographics and the ability of republicans to piss off just about everyone except an older white populace and bigots of one stripe or another, republican chances of recapturing the presidency are diminishing every day.