In his State of the Union Address President Obama stated he will use the powers of the Executive Branch to move forward if congress fails to act. The 1st Executive Order he will sign will raise the minimum wage for federal contractors.
Of course, as soon as Republicans heard this they quickly ramped up Talking Points about President Obama ignoring the Constitution and using executive orders in a way that is unrepresented. Except the president using Executive Orders is perfectly legal and constitutional. As a matter of fact according to the Washington Post
Through 2013, Obama signed 167 executive orders, according to the Federal Register, which tracks such things. That’s fewer than every president in the same time period dating back to Harry Truman. In fact, George H.W. Bush signed just about as many (166) in a single term as Obama did in his first five calendar years as president. And in less than a full term in the White House, Gerald Ford eclipsed Obama’s total.
Republicans either choose to ignore what past presidents have done or they just don’t know.
If you are the opposing party of the president you will hate executive orders but at least be honest about it. And please stay away from making statements that will force me to question if you ever passed a social studies class….
If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!
Source: Washington Post