While President Obama tries to usurp Congress’ authority by passing legislation via executive fiat, at least eight members of Congress are offering to help him along with the scheme.
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, recently announced the formation of the Congressional Full Employment Caucus, saying its members would “give President Obama a number of executive orders that he can sign,” according to CNS News.
“We will be answering the call of all of America because people need work, and we’re not doing right by them by creating work,” Lee said in a Jan. 29 speech at a gathering of Democratic lawmakers. “I believe this caucus will put us on the right path, and we’ll give President Obama a number of executive orders that he can sign with pride and strength.”
Apparently, despite her 19 years in Congress, Lee has yet to learn that the only work she can create is in her own office. Nonetheless, she plowed ahead.
“In fact, I think that should be our No. 1 agenda,” she said. “Let’s write up these executive orders — draft them, of course — and ask the president to stand with us on full employment.”
Watch her speech via MRC-TV:
The Congressional Full Employment Caucus was launched last week by Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich. Other members are: Reps. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla.; Charles Rangel, D-N.Y.; Maxine Waters, D-Calif.; Barbara Lee, D-Calif.; José Serrano, D-N.Y.; and Mike Quigley, D-Ill.
Executive orders issued by a president have the full force of law and do not have to receive approval by the legislative branch of government. During his State of The Union address last week, President Obama made clear he was willing to use executive actions to sidestep Congress.
The caucus members are willingly abdicating their own authority to propose and pass laws, destroying the principles of separation and balance of power America’s republic is based on.
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