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Rep. Brady: Executive Action Ignores Constitution

By    |   Tuesday, 11 Nov 2014 10:53 AM

If President Obama is serious about comprehensive immigration reform, he will sit down with members of both parties and find a solution rather than go it alone, Rep. Kevin Brady of Texas said Tuesday on "America’s Forum" on Newsmax TV.

Resorting to executive action, as the president has vowed to do, would be a "huge mistake" for many reasons, including its unconstitutionality, but also because it "ignores the checks and balances of the Constitution that worked so well for more than 200 years."

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Brady agreed with Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso, who compared executive action by the president to pulling a pin out of a hand grenade.

"This ends any discussion of real immigration reform for the rest of the president's term," Brady said. "This is a poison pill. If the president wanted to seriously sit down and work on more high tech visas and low-skilled guest worker programs tied to border security, there's some strong Republican support in doing that, but this is all politics. He's delayed this for five or six years and only did it when he thought it was important for re-election of Democrats."

Brady, who is chairman of the congressional joint economic committee and a member of the House Ways and Means committee, also discussed the economy and jobs situation, noting that there exists a big "mismatch" in workers’ skills and the available jobs in the U.S.

The unemployment figure touted by the administration is inaccurate, he said.

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"It's really closer to about a 9.5 or 10 percent unemployment rate and that's not acceptable," Brady said. "The truth is the president's policies is what's keeping people from getting jobs and local businesses from creating jobs."

Millions of people have given up on looking for work, he said. The current number of adults in the workforce is as low as it was 30 years ago, and actually lower than it was when the recession began, according to Brady.

"The country has gone backwards in employment," he explained. "We're missing about 6 million jobs that should be back. I had to laugh when the president said we're doing so much better than the other economies in the world right now and that's not saying much.

"Plugging along at 2 percent growth each year that is a huge slowdown from where we need to be and have been. We're just stuck in second gear unless the president changes course. We're going to have a lot of young people, veterans and folks who can't find any job opportunity."

Brady said he hopes that out of Obama’s China trip the president will be able to forge a new trade agreement putting the U.S. "on a level playing field in those Asia Pacific countries."

"I'm hopeful the president makes a little progress there, but as long as he does not push for trade promotion authority, we're not going to hit the job potential we could," he said.

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If President Obama is serious about comprehensive immigration reform, he will sit down with members of both parties and find a solution rather than go it alone, Rep. Kevin Brady of Texas said Tuesday on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV.
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