“The president has decided he doesn’t need Congress at all,” said Grassley, in a speech delivered from the Senate floor. ‘When they won’t act, I will,’ ” said Grassley, giving an interpretation of Obama’s view. “Under this banner he has announced executive actions on everything from mortgages and student loans, summer jobs for youth and new fuel economy standards.” ~ 1/26/2012
Rep. Steve King told Huckabee that Obama’s latest giant step over Congress with his refusal to deport certain illegal immigrants is potentially illegal and he might sue.
Obama is deliberately ignoring Congress but that has been his style with Obamacare, DOMA, energy, recess appointments when Congress is not in recess, education, and anything else that suits his agenda.
Whether you agree or not with Obama’s reasons, circumventing Congress is a violation of our Constitution. Instead of negotiating with Congress, Barack Obama will always choose the easy way out – rule by fiat. Remember when Obama told a Chinese audience that they were lucky they didn’t have a Congress to deal with?
Daily Caller: “…Our nation’s immigration laws must be enforced in a firm and sensible manner,” Napolitano said in a statement. “But they are not designed to be blindly enforced without consideration given to the individual circumstances of each case.”
Almost immediately, congressional Republicans and others shot back with accusations that the administration is circumventing Congress to try to push an election-year political agenda.
Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio said it’s “a short term answer to a long term problem,” and House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King told The Daily Caller his committee is “launching an immediate review” of the administration’s activities. South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham called the action “possibly illegal.”
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Lamar Smith called the Obama administration’s plan a “breach of faith with the American people” that “blatantly ignores the rule of law that is the foundation of our democracy.”
Wisconsin Republican Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, the former chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and current chairman of that committee’s subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security, said the administration’s announcement was a “political calculation” Obama made during an election year in “an effort to appeal to some voters.”
Sensenbrenner added that he thinks the announcement is “offensive to the millions of Americans still out of work.”
“It rewards law-breaking,” Sensenbrenner said. “And it’s deeply unfair to those who came to this country legally.”…Read more…