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Dems cheer Obama’s unilateral moves
« on: January 28, 2014, 02:07:30 PM »
http://thehill.com/homenews/house/196657-dems-cheer-obamas-executive-moves

 By Mike Lillis - 01/28/14 01:12 PM EST

House Democratic leaders say uncooperative GOP leaders have left President Obama with little choice but to act unilaterally.

They are cheering Obama's move Tuesday to hike the minimum wage for federal contractors without congressional approval, and also back his promises to take more executive actions.

“Should he have to wait because of the intransigence, the obstacles that are [put] in place by Republicans? … He's saying, 'I'll do what I can as the executive of this government,’” Rep. Xavier Becerra (Calif.), chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, said after a closed door meeting in the Capitol.

“The president is asking Congress to work with him,” Becerra added. “But he's not going to wait forever because you've got this heavy anchor of inaction in Congress weighing [down] the country and the economy.”

The White House on Tuesday announced plans to use an executive order to hike the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 for future government contract workers. Obama is expected to trumpet the move during his State of the Union speech Tuesday night.

Republicans have accused the president of trampling the Constitution by sidestepping the checks and balances of the Congress.

“We have a minimum wage. Congress has set it,” Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said Tuesday. “For the president to simply declare I'm going to change this law that Congress has passed is unconstitutional.”

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) also weighed in, saying Obama probably has the authority to hike the minimum wage on federal contracts without congressional input, but warning that the policy would hurt businesses and kill jobs.

More broadly, Boehner cautioned that Obama's executive order strategy will “run into a brick wall” with GOP leaders in the House. He said Republicans will be watching “very closely” to determine if they'll push legislation attempting to rein in Obama's unilateral actions.

"We’re just not going to sit here and let the President trample all over us," said Boehner.

Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.), vice chairman of the Democratic Caucus, characterized Obama's move on the minimum wage as “leading by example.”

“This is not the fix we're looking for, but he's leading by example, sending a message to Congress that we need to raise the minimum wage for all Americans,” Crowley said. “He's not trying to abrogate the Constitution. … He wouldn't do that. What's he's doing is trying to lead, and I'm impressed by that.”

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Re: Dems cheer Obama’s unilateral moves
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2014, 02:10:23 PM »
More broadly, Boehner cautioned that Obama's executive order strategy will “run into a brick wall” with GOP leaders in the House. He said Republicans will be watching “very closely” to determine if they'll push legislation attempting to rein in Obama's unilateral actions.

I'm sure the feckless, lily-livered Republicans have him quaking in his boots.   :chairbang:

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Re: Dems cheer Obama’s unilateral moves
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2014, 02:15:53 PM »
We should all be getting this down on video, to be played to the democrats when the next Republican president starts engaging in the sorts of actions they have endorsed here and now.  The democrats are setting a most dangerous precedent that they will live to regret.
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Re: Dems cheer Obama’s unilateral moves
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2014, 02:32:55 PM »
We should all be getting this down on video, to be played to the democrats when the next Republican president starts engaging in the sorts of actions they have endorsed here and now.  The democrats are setting a most dangerous precedent that they will live to regret.
There won't be another Republican prez for 50 years when they get amnesty.


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Re: Dems cheer Obama’s unilateral moves
« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2014, 04:13:11 PM »
There won't be another Republican prez for 50 years when they get amnesty.

You're correct and a one-party nation = Cuba, Venezuela and Argentina.
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Re: Dems cheer Obama’s unilateral moves
« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2014, 06:54:29 PM »
There won't be another Republican prez for 50 years when they get amnesty.

When they give amnesty, there probably will not be an America in 50 years.

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Re: Dems cheer Obama’s unilateral moves
« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2014, 06:55:41 PM »
When they give amnesty, there probably will not be an America in 50 years.

And that could be the long-term plan.
“The time is now near at hand which must probably determine, whether Americans are to be, Freemen, or Slaves.” G Washington July 2, 1776


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