Throughout the Obama presidency, House Republicans have consistently blockaded progress on crucial issues, only to blame inaction on the president. Then, when the president takes executive action, they accuse him of unprecedented lawlessness, culminating with their latest combo-stunt: a ludicrous lawsuit and talk of impeachment.
There’s only one problem: President Obama’s actions, necessitated by a recalcitrant House, are both precedented and lawful. Indeed Obama has issued executive orders at a slower rate than any president since Grover Cleveland. Ronald Reagan used executive action to ease immigration standards for Nicaraguan exiles, George H. W. Bush to delay the deportation of Kuwaitis during the Iraqi occupation, George W. Bush to protect Salvadorans after an earthquake, and the list goes on. The only thing that is unprecedented is the inefficiency of this Congress, which is on track to be the least productive in history.
In a new report today, Bridge Project exposes the absurdity of the attacks on President Obama’s executive actions. As Republicans continue to use inflammatory rhetoric to portray the president as an out-of-control tyrant, reality paints an entirely different picture. Even Speaker Boehner himself must see the irony of his phony attacks — just last week, after having his border crisis bill tanked by members of his own party, Boehner’s House Leadership issued a statement saying that “there are numerous steps the president can and should be taking right now, without the need for congressional action.” Where Congress fails to act, which these days, seems to be just about everywhere, the president is forced to take necessary action well within the legal bounds of the presidency to prevent disaster; faux outrage and a wasteful lawsuit will hardly change that fact.
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