Supporters Push Obama to Bypass Congress Even More

Image: Supporters Push Obama to Bypass Congress Even More

Friday, 06 Dec 2013 09:34 AM

By Melanie Batley

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Congressional Democrats and activists, frustrated with the gridlock in Washington, are pressing President Barack Obama to bypass Congress and use his executive authority to achieve progress on a number of top liberal issues.

According to The Washington Times, the president has already invoked his powers to change laws on issues ranging from immigration and healthcare to welfare and education laws, and supporters want him to go further.

"In light of Republican obstructionism, it should be no surprise to anyone that the administration is moving more and more toward executive action," Jim Manley, a Democratic strategist, told the Times.

"The problem, however, is you can do a lot more via the legislative process than you can do through executive orders."

On healthcare reform, the president has taken a number of unilateral decisions on the application of the law to meet his political objectives.

For example, he single-handedly suspended the employer mandate, made a decision that people could receive subsidies even if they're not participating in Obamacare's state-run health exchanges. He also  decided that states have the authority to approve existing insurance plans even if they are not in keeping with the new requirements in the Affordable Care Act.

Obama also made waves when he decided to halt the deportation of "Dreamers," or immigrants who were illegally brought to the U.S. as minors, even though Congress voted against the policy. 

Republicans and legal experts have argued that Obama has far overstepped his authority and run roughshod over the constitutional system.

But supporters say he should go further. More than two dozen House Democrats wrote a letter to Obama saying he should exercise his authority to give amnesty to all illegal immigrants.

And liberal lawmakers also are pressing him to use executive authority for measures to achieve greater income equality.

"The problem with what the president is doing is that he is not simply posing a danger to the constitutional system; he is becoming the very danger the Constitution was designed to avoid: that is, the concentration of power in any single branch," Jonathan Turley, law professor at George Washington University, told the House Judiciary Committee this week, according to the Times.

"We've had the radical expansion of presidential powers under by President Bush and President Obama," Turley added. "We have what many once called an imperial presidency model of largely unchecked authority. And with that trend we also have the continued rise of this fourth branch. We have agencies that are now quite large that issue regulations."

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Report: White House Ignored 'Alarm Bells' About Border Crisis

Monday, 21 Jul 2014 23:18 PM

The Obama administration two years ago reportedly ignored the "ringing alarm bells" of a potential crisis of unaccompani . . .

Judge Tosses Ron Johnson's Lawsuit Against Obamacare Subsidies

Monday, 21 Jul 2014 19:43 PM

A federal judge on Monday threw out Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson's lawsuit challenging the federal funds that l . . .

Americans from Texas, California Killed in Gaza

Monday, 21 Jul 2014 22:42 PM

 . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved