Sen. Cornyn: Obama's Use of Executive Powers Is 'Lawlessness'

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Wednesday, 15 Jan 2014 08:36 PM

By Greg Richter

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President Barack Obama has overstepped his authority with an overreach in his use of executive powers, says Sen. John Cornyn.

"It's gotten him in a lot of trouble," Cornyn, R-Texas, said Wednesday on Fox News Channel's "On the Record With Greta Van Susteren."

Obama has signed multiple executive orders since Republicans took over the House of Representatives in 2010. On Tuesday, he vowed to pick up his pen to sign executive orders to help the struggling economy.

"He's basically burned a lot of bridges with Congress, and so, I think he doesn't have a lot of options there," Cornyn told Van Susteren.

Obama also vowed to use executive powers in the gun-control battle after the Sandy Hook school shootings.

Republicans have said Obama's use of executive orders surpasses what the Constitution allows.

Cornyn called Obama's use of executive orders "unprecedented," and said there is little Republicans can do except take control of the Senate in November.

Congress passes laws and the president enforces them, but the executive branch has become overly politicized, Cornyn said. As a result, "You get what we have now, which is essentially a lawlessness in the administration that is very troubling, to say the least."

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