They are playing King of the Hill back here in Washington DC. The people on Capitol Hill are maneuvering for position, but the President has staked out the high ground. For whatever the “do nothing” Congress ignores, President Obama declares he will take action by Executive Order. He can do that to a great extent before the Supreme Court intervenes.
John Boehner may sue Obama all he wants, but by the time the actions gets through the system Hillary Clinton will be elected President. In the mean time, American voters who want to stop the nonsense had better produce a functioning government. The chances are they won’t.
So, between now and the end of Obama’s term in office expect more of the same and more action by the President than by the Congress.
As for immigration reform, for instance, there is now a humanitarian crisis at the Texas border. It is created by Congressional inaction that belongs at the feet of John Boehner.
Immigration policy is foreign policy. Therefore, a part of the problem can be addressed by the State Department. What can Secretary Kerry do to address the source of the problem among Central American states including Mexico? Therein lies opportunity for executive action.
Congress cannot and should not blame the executive branch for acting in an emergency when Congress itself has failed to pass a legislative solution. The Senate passed immigration reform and now it is up to the US House of Representatives to act. They should not wait for midterm elections because our national security and national interest is at stake.
“I take executive action only when we have a serious problem, a serious issue and Congress chooses to do nothing,” Obama said in the Rose Garden. “And in this situation, the failure of the House Republicans to pass a darn bill is bad for our economy” and bad for the country.
Like the President said, action is required immediately and American voters must see that the US House of Representatives under GOP leadership is failing the nation and the world.
“Obama pledges to take executive actions on immigration reform
President Obama on Monday said he would take executive actions to move forward with immigration reform after declaring any hopes for legislation dead.
The president blamed House Republicans for the stalemate on immigration, describing GOP leaders as “unwilling to stand up to the Tea Party.”
“If Congress will not do its job, at least we can do ours,” Obama said in comments from the White House Rose Garden.
Obama made the comments after Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) told the president last week that the House would not vote on an immigration bill this year.
Boehner has blamed inaction on Obama, who Republicans say is not trusted to enforce immigration laws.
"In our conversation last week, I told the president what I have been telling him for months: the American people and their elected officials don't trust him to enforce the law as written," Boehner said in a statement after Obama's remarks. "Until that changes it is going to be difficult to make progress on this issue."”