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Presidential overreach?

House Speaker John Boehner announced he plans to file suit against President Obama over his alleged abuse of executive power. “This is not about impeachment — it’s about him faithfully executing the laws of this country,” Boehner said. In a letter to lawmakers, Mr. Boehner expressed concern with what he — and many in the Republican conference — considered the president’s unconstitutional overreach.

The speaker did not specify which executive actions he planned to challenge. The president has used his executive authority to carry out key elements of his second-term agenda, like halting the deportation of young illegal immigrants brought to the country by their parents as children, raising the minimum wage for employees of federal contractors, and allowing the Environmental Protection Agency to curb carbon emissions from coal plants. Republicans also complained about numerous unilateral changes to the implementation of ObamaCare.

 Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the Democratic leader, called Mr. Boehner’s move “subterfuge,” and Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, said that “it seems that Republicans have shifted their opposition into a higher gear. Frankly, it’s a gear that I didn’t know previously existed,” Mr. Earnest said. “The fact that they are considering a taxpayer-funded lawsuit against the president of the United States for doing his job, I think, is the kind of step that most Americans wouldn’t support.”

In the 5 ½ years since President Obama took Office he has signed 182 Executive orders, 147 executive orders were signed in President Obama’s first term and 35 so far his second term. George W. Bush signed a total of 291, 173 his first term in office and 118 his second term.


 

Is Obama justified in signing the executive orders or has he truly overreached his authority?  Has congress’s lack of cooperation led to the executive orders or should the voters support a lawsuit against our president?

 

Democrat Top Post

Every president signs executive orders, it's really not that, he doesn't agree with big of a deal. The only reason this has become an issue is because of Boehner, he doesn't agree with the president so he is going to do anything he can to rally his troops against Obama.

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Votes 1

What do you think?

5 comments
  • 10 days ago Angel

    It is a shame that he is having to use executive order so much due to congress lack of activity. It doesn't matter what is presented they refuse to pass it just because it is from Obama. The Tea Party are more against policies than they are for policies.

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  • 13 days ago barrelboy

    barrelboy President Obama is just doing his job. Boner (Boehner) has no idea what his job is. If the Republican leaders would start working and putting together real plans our country would be getting along just fine. When we needed to finance the war in 2001 and the only place to get the money was from the American people. We were supporting jobs throug

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  • 14 days ago markeygullan

    I am sorry to hear this kind of straw dog accusation. For all intensive purposes Policy is the Presidents policy and the law are more jurisdictional law venue. with the representative if the states in the congress and legislature can get a majority large enough to pass a bill and it gets past the courts . It is ludicrous to say that a president ha

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  • 17 days ago sharkbait

    sharkbait Every president signs executive orders, it's really not that, he doesn't agree with big of a deal. The only reason this has become an issue is because of Boehner, he doesn't agree with the president so he is going to do anything he can to rally his troops against Obama.

    » Read More
  • 17 days ago rainbowtree

    rainbowtree Give me a break President Bush signed almost twice any many executive orders in his first term and President Obama. This is nothing but a grab from the desperate republicans. They have dug in they're heels and are not willing to work with Obama so Obama is doing what he has to do to make our country better.

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  • 17 days ago rainbowtree

    rainbowtree Give me a break President Bush signed almost twice any many executive orders in his first term and President Obama. This is nothing but a grab from the desperate republicans. They have dug in they're heels and are not willing to work with Obama so Obama is doing what he has to do to make our country better.

    » Read More
  • 17 days ago sharkbait

    sharkbait Every president signs executive orders, it's really not that, he doesn't agree with big of a deal. The only reason this has become an issue is because of Boehner, he doesn't agree with the president so he is going to do anything he can to rally his troops against Obama.

    » Read More
  • 14 days ago markeygullan

    I am sorry to hear this kind of straw dog accusation. For all intensive purposes Policy is the Presidents policy and the law are more jurisdictional law venue. with the representative if the states in the congress and legislature can get a majority large enough to pass a bill and it gets past the courts . It is ludicrous to say that a president ha

    » Read More
  • 13 days ago barrelboy

    barrelboy President Obama is just doing his job. Boner (Boehner) has no idea what his job is. If the Republican leaders would start working and putting together real plans our country would be getting along just fine. When we needed to finance the war in 2001 and the only place to get the money was from the American people. We were supporting jobs throug

    » Read More
  • 10 days ago Angel

    It is a shame that he is having to use executive order so much due to congress lack of activity. It doesn't matter what is presented they refuse to pass it just because it is from Obama. The Tea Party are more against policies than they are for policies.

    » Read More
5 comments
  • 17 days ago sharkbait

    sharkbait Every president signs executive orders, it's really not that, he doesn't agree with big of a deal. The only reason this has become an issue is because of Boehner, he doesn't agree with the president so he is going to do anything he can to rally his troops against Obama.

    » Read More
  • 17 days ago rainbowtree

    rainbowtree Give me a break President Bush signed almost twice any many executive orders in his first term and President Obama. This is nothing but a grab from the desperate republicans. They have dug in they're heels and are not willing to work with Obama so Obama is doing what he has to do to make our country better.

    » Read More
  • 14 days ago markeygullan

    I am sorry to hear this kind of straw dog accusation. For all intensive purposes Policy is the Presidents policy and the law are more jurisdictional law venue. with the representative if the states in the congress and legislature can get a majority large enough to pass a bill and it gets past the courts . It is ludicrous to say that a president ha

    » Read More
  • 13 days ago barrelboy

    barrelboy President Obama is just doing his job. Boner (Boehner) has no idea what his job is. If the Republican leaders would start working and putting together real plans our country would be getting along just fine. When we needed to finance the war in 2001 and the only place to get the money was from the American people. We were supporting jobs throug

    » Read More
  • 10 days ago Angel

    It is a shame that he is having to use executive order so much due to congress lack of activity. It doesn't matter what is presented they refuse to pass it just because it is from Obama. The Tea Party are more against policies than they are for policies.

    » Read More

Republican Top Post

Its not the number of executive orders signed but what he signed and how he has signed them. Along with how he has repetively threatened to use executive orders to get his way. He is a president not a dictator, and this is America. It should be about what the people want, not about what the president wants.

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What do you think?

4 comments
  • 13 days ago Seek The Right Answer

    Seek The Right Answer I am not so sure it is the quantity or the content of the executive orders I have a problem with, but the attitude he has regarding them. When he is opposed he just seems like a spoiled child and throws a fit then signs an executive order. Maybe it is just my very one sided opinion showing and I am most likely wrong, but I do not recall another p

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  • 17 days ago BullMooseParty

    The President is the head of the executive branch of our government and Presidents sign executive orders (its how they formally direct their subordinates in that branch). I agree that it is the content of the orders and not the number of them that is relevant. I agree that the President is not a King and thus the resident of that office is he

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  • 17 days ago AK Dem

    I disagree with whatwouldReagando's statement "It should be about what the people want, not about what the president wants." When we elect people to office, we are choosing those whom we believe will foster and guide our country in a way that we trust to be good for the whole. The people can't possibly agree on everything, so "doing what the people

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  • 20 days ago whatwouldReagando

    whatwouldReagando Its not the number of executive orders signed but what he signed and how he has signed them. Along with how he has repetively threatened to use executive orders to get his way. He is a president not a dictator, and this is America. It should be about what the people want, not about what the president wants.

    » Read More
4 comments
  • 20 days ago whatwouldReagando

    whatwouldReagando Its not the number of executive orders signed but what he signed and how he has signed them. Along with how he has repetively threatened to use executive orders to get his way. He is a president not a dictator, and this is America. It should be about what the people want, not about what the president wants.

    » Read More
  • 17 days ago AK Dem

    I disagree with whatwouldReagando's statement "It should be about what the people want, not about what the president wants." When we elect people to office, we are choosing those whom we believe will foster and guide our country in a way that we trust to be good for the whole. The people can't possibly agree on everything, so "doing what the people

    » Read More
  • 17 days ago BullMooseParty

    The President is the head of the executive branch of our government and Presidents sign executive orders (its how they formally direct their subordinates in that branch). I agree that it is the content of the orders and not the number of them that is relevant. I agree that the President is not a King and thus the resident of that office is he

    » Read More
  • 13 days ago Seek The Right Answer

    Seek The Right Answer I am not so sure it is the quantity or the content of the executive orders I have a problem with, but the attitude he has regarding them. When he is opposed he just seems like a spoiled child and throws a fit then signs an executive order. Maybe it is just my very one sided opinion showing and I am most likely wrong, but I do not recall another p

    » Read More
4 comments
  • 20 days ago whatwouldReagando

    whatwouldReagando Its not the number of executive orders signed but what he signed and how he has signed them. Along with how he has repetively threatened to use executive orders to get his way. He is a president not a dictator, and this is America. It should be about what the people want, not about what the president wants.

    » Read More
  • 17 days ago AK Dem

    I disagree with whatwouldReagando's statement "It should be about what the people want, not about what the president wants." When we elect people to office, we are choosing those whom we believe will foster and guide our country in a way that we trust to be good for the whole. The people can't possibly agree on everything, so "doing what the people

    » Read More
  • 17 days ago BullMooseParty

    The President is the head of the executive branch of our government and Presidents sign executive orders (its how they formally direct their subordinates in that branch). I agree that it is the content of the orders and not the number of them that is relevant. I agree that the President is not a King and thus the resident of that office is he

    » Read More
  • 13 days ago Seek The Right Answer

    Seek The Right Answer I am not so sure it is the quantity or the content of the executive orders I have a problem with, but the attitude he has regarding them. When he is opposed he just seems like a spoiled child and throws a fit then signs an executive order. Maybe it is just my very one sided opinion showing and I am most likely wrong, but I do not recall another p

    » Read More

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