Skip to comments.Obama Is Making Plans to Use Executive Power for Action on Several Fronts
Posted on 02/12/2010 7:50:23 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY
WASHINGTON With much of his legislative agenda stalled in Congress, President Obama and his team are preparing an array of actions using his executive power to advance energy, environmental, fiscal and other domestic policy priorities.
Mr. Obama has not given up hope of progress on Capitol Hill, aides said, and has scheduled a session with Republican leaders on health care later this month. But in the aftermath of a special election in Massachusetts that cost Democrats unilateral control of the Senate, the White House is getting ready to act on its own in the face of partisan gridlock heading into the midterm campaign.
We are reviewing a list of presidential executive orders and directives to get the job done across a front of issues, said Rahm Emanuel, the White House chief of staff.
Any president has vast authority to influence policy even without legislation, through executive orders, agency rule-making and administrative fiat. And Mr. Obamas success this week in pressuring the Senate to confirm 27 nominations by threatening to use his recess appointment power demonstrated that executive authority can also be leveraged to force action by Congress.
Mr. Obama has already decided to create a bipartisan budget commission under his own authority after Congress refused to do so. His administration has signaled that it plans to use its discretion to soften enforcement of the ban on openly gay men and lesbians serving in the military, even as Congress considers repealing the law. And the Environmental Protection Agency is moving forward with possible regulations on heat-trapping gases blamed for climate change, while a bill to cap such emissions languishes in the Senate.
In an effort to demonstrate forward momentum, the White House is also drawing more attention to the sorts of actions taken regularly by cabinet departments without much fanfare.
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One good thing about executive orders is that the next president can completely overturn the orders.
It’s good to be the King!
Not satisfied with simply losing seats in November, The One wants to have a huge conflagration!
Abuse of Power
an impeachable offense.
He will sign Executive orders en masse to do an end run around Congress should his socialist agenda not break through the growing bottleneck.
I totally agree.
NYT article here:
IF, we can survive the next three years.
Bring it, Barry. Push that envelope...c’mon.
Can those be over ridden by congress in the future? Say 2011 with the new conservative majority? I hope.
Il Duce and Il Douchebag.