Update: 1 /30/14: “After five years, President Obama is clearly out of ideas. With few bipartisan proposals, Americans heard a president more interested in advancing ideology than in solving the problems regular folks are talking about.” — House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio.
Mr. Obama signed an executive order today raising the minimum wage of federal contract workers to $10.10 per hour for future employees.
John Boehner warned him to not exceed his authority on the minimum wage.
Boehner said the president probably has the authority to raise it for federal contract workers but any unilateral change is a bad idea. It will hurt the low-income wage earners he hopes to help.
Boehner said Republicans will be watching tonight for any unilateral steps he outlines that will encroach on the Constitution.
House Republicans “will continue to look closely at whether the president is faithfully executing laws, as he took an oath to do,” Boehner told reporters after a meeting of the Republican conference. “We’re going to watch very closely, because there’s a Constitution that we all take an oath to, including him, and following the Constitution is the basis for House Republicans.”
Democrat Rep. Xavier Becerra applauded Mr. Obama’s potential plan to violate the Constitution: “Working with Congress, or if Congress wants, working without Congress, the president is going to get work done. We applaud him for that.”
Mr. Obama swore an oath to uphold the Constitution.