President Obama decided to move ahead with executive action on immigration partially because Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) wouldn’t commit to holding a vote on reform legislation in the new Congress, a spokesman said Thursday.
“Just two weeks ago, when Speaker Boehner was doing his post-election news conference, he was asked by reporters in that news conference if he would commit to bringing up immigration reform legislation in the next Congress, and he wouldn’t do it,” Josh Earnest said during an appearance on MSNBC.
Earnest said GOP leadership was scared to allow a vote because “they know, as we do, that if that bill were allowed to come up for a vote, it would actually pass in bipartisan fashion.”
“The president simply isn’t going to tolerate that,” Earnest said.
Wow. Just wow.
Barack Effin’ Obama isn’t going to tolerate the legislative branch deciding how and when to exercise its constitutional prerogative to legislate or not legislate on a given matter. You know, something found in the first substantive words of the US Constitution.
Article I Section 1 All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.
Besides, Obama hasn’t had a problem in the past with the leadership of one house refusing to allow bills to come up for support because doing so would lead to the passage of legislation with bipartisan support. After all, in the current Senate we have seen Harry Reid refuse to allow over 300 pieces of House-passed legislation come to the floor for a vote despite many of them having bipartisan support. Why has Barack Obama been tolerating THAT situation? Oh, that’s right – because the bills in questions are ones that he doesn’t support and/or that would have required senators of his party to cast tough votes that required them to choose between following the will of the American people or the leadership of the Democrat Party. In such cases, the President tolerates such obstructionism because it serves his purposes. But when Congress refuses to give him what he wants, the Toddler-in-Chief pouts, stomps his feet, shouts “Gimme gimme gimme!” and then yanks the object of his desire out of the hands of the co-equal branch to which the power to act belongs.
Will we still have a Constitution and a Republic in four hours?