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GOP slams 'pen and phone' strategy [talk is cheap]
The Hill ^ | 7/19/2014 | Elise Viebeck

Posted on 07/19/2014 6:04:12 AM PDT by markomalley

Incoming House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) criticized President Obama for saying he would use his "pen and phone" to accomplish his agenda without the help of Congress.

Scalise, the former leader of the conservative Republican Study Committee (RSC), called on Obama to pressure the Democratically led Senate to adopt more bills that have been passed by the House.

"Every time they say no — every time they pick their interests over yours — they hold our economy hostage, and with it, our chance to make sure our kids will have the same shot at the American dream," Scalise said in the GOP's regular weekly address.

"Will [Obama] put down the pen and stop trying to rewrite laws you don't like, and instead pick up the phone and call on Senate Democrats to get work passing those good bipartisan jobs bills?"

Scalise was elected to his new post in House leadership in late June and will assume it later this year, leaving his role at the RSC.

Republicans are eager to hammer Obama for his use of executive action as Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) works to initiate a lawsuit over delays in ObamaCare's employer mandate.

The White House argues that Obama's decisions have been well within the scope of his authority.

Obama said in January that he has a "pen" and a "phone" and won't be "waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we're providing Americans the kind of help they need."


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Talk is cheap, Scalise. Without concrete action (power of the purse???), all you are doing is putting meaningless sound bytes out there in an effort to rile up the conservative base.

But here's a news flash for you:

We ain't buying it.

1 posted on 07/19/2014 6:04:12 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

“Republican Study Committee (RSC),”

Really? LOL.


2 posted on 07/19/2014 6:08:50 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Some days you're the windshield, and some days you're the bug.)
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To: markomalley

Got to give him some credit.
Scalise spoke up.

Did anyone else today?
Christie? Romney? Boehner?
Anyone else?

The MSM will NOT cover the border anymore,
or the protests about it.


3 posted on 07/19/2014 6:09:31 AM PDT by Diogenesis (The EXEMPT Congress is complicit in the absence of impeachment)
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To: carriage_hill

It’s a low RSC strategy to merely voice disapproval.


4 posted on 07/19/2014 6:19:17 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy ("Harvey Dent, can we trust him?" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBsdV--kLoQ)
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To: ClearCase_guy

And to ask the base for more money.


5 posted on 07/19/2014 6:25:06 AM PDT by GunsareOK
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To: markomalley
markomalley @1: "Talk is cheap, Scalise."

Right on!! These gutless RINO geldings in Congress whine and cry about Obama, but none will even label him as a traitor, much less support Sarah Palin's demand for impeachment.

Scalise is an embarrassment to his mother.

6 posted on 07/19/2014 6:36:44 AM PDT by Carl Vehse
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To: carriage_hill

Excluding, Trey Gowdy, not one pair of cajones in GOP even if you added them all up in an attempt to have one pair. NADA!


7 posted on 07/19/2014 7:43:35 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: GunsareOK; ClearCase_guy
And to ask the base for more money.

And then your Vote
8 posted on 07/19/2014 8:45:32 AM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: ExTexasRedhead

Trey’s got a spine, too.


9 posted on 07/19/2014 9:56:48 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Some days you're the windshield, and some days you're the bug.)
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To: carriage_hill

Trey Gowdy is in a league all his own with spine and guts and integrity. He’s a patriot who loves his country. There may be three or four more. God help us all.


10 posted on 07/19/2014 11:29:29 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: markomalley

Defund the executive branch. $0.00. Stop f’in around with the Kenyan clown.


11 posted on 07/19/2014 5:05:41 PM PDT by ex91B10 (We've tried the Soap Box,the Ballot Box and the Jury Box; ONE BOX LEFT!)
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