Does President Obama really want to usurp Congress’ Constitutional authority and rule like a dictator?
On Tuesday, the President said “we can’t wait for an increasingly dysfunctional Congress to do its job. Where they won’t act, I will.”
On Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner told radio talk show host Laura Ingraham that he has “great concerns” the President may be overstepping his Constitutional authority in bypassing Congress on laws regarding mortgages and student loans.
“I thought we were a nation of laws and that our country was governed by our Constitution,” Speaker Boehner said.
“There’s more of an interest in our founding principles than at any time in my political career,” he said, “and when you talk about the founding principles, you realize that Article I gives the Congress of the United States the power of the purse, and that the president has powers under Article II.
“And this idea that you are just going to go around the Congress is just, it’s almost laughable.”
Boehner went on to say that Congressional Republicans are keeping “a very close eye on the administration to make sure they are following the law and following the Constitution.”
The Hill adds:
Obama announced a series of programs this week that would enable those with mortgage or student loan debt to refinance to more favorable terms and repayment plans. The administration says such action was necessary after Republicans blocked the president’s jobs plan proposal to stimulate the economy.
“We can’t wait for Congress to do their job, so they won’t act, I will. I told my administration, we’re going to look every single day to see what we can do without Congress,” Obama told students Wednesday at the University of Colorado-Denver.
But the Speaker told Ingraham that “committees of jurisdiction” in the House would ensure the President’s proposals do not exceed his authority.
Ingraham asked if Obama has already violated the Constitution. The Daily Caller reported that Boehner said he has his suspicions:
“I have great concerns that he may be,” Boehner said. “And I know that our committees of jurisdiction, the Educational Workforce Committee in the area of student loans — and when it comes to home ownership programs, probably the Financial Services Committee — those chairmen and those staffs are looking at these proposals to make sure that the president isn’t exceeding his authority.”
Boehner explained that Republicans do have a way to keep the administration in check.
“We’ve got an appropriations process that’s under control here where we have the ability to limit their use of funds to try to bring this administration to heel,” he said.
Boehner also accused Obama of “giving up” on America in order to focus on campaigning.
“There is nothing that has disappointed me more over the last eight weeks than to watch the President of the United States basically give up on the economy, and give up on the American people, decide he’s going to quit governing, and spend his entire next 14 months campaigning,” he said.
Boehner also said the President should find ways to work with Republicans in Congress.
“If the president is serious, he ought to be up here working with us to find common ground to solve the issues that the American people want us to solve,” he said.
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