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Better define and restrict Executive Orders

Some legal experts, such as Stanford University professor Michael McConnell, say that the president is not allowed to pick and choose what laws to enforce. Politicians have a right to make their case, but not to make an end run around the law.

The House and Senate did not pass cap-and-trade bills, which would limit greenhouse gas emissions. So the Environmental Protection Agency is doing cap-and-trade on its own. The Congress did not pass the DREAM Act, which would have allowed undocumented young people to remain in America. The Department of Homeland Security has allowed them to stay.

The question is: If the Constitution and or Congress either state a law or denies a proposal does the Executive Order procedure override the Constitution or Congress.

All presidents use Executive Orders so this is not limited to any party or a specific administration.

Do we need to better define and restrict Executive Orders.

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  • Jul 27 2013: Isn't this what you are criticising?
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      Jul 27 2013: George, Was there more to your reply. Bob.
      • Jul 28 2013: Not really I just meant that there is always disagreement especially in politics. Which administration are you talking about? Oh yes, those crazy "other guys."
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          Jul 28 2013: All of them. Executive Orders should be restrict to the management of the Executive Branch. When a Executive Order, by anyone, becomes federal law impacting all citizens ... then I think that is the job of Congress .... to pass laws.

          Thanks for the clarification. I wish you well. Bob.
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          Jul 28 2013: From another TED post regarding EO's: "Most recent POTUS' use EO's 40-50 times a year. Carter issued almost 80 per year. FDR is the champ @ 285+ per year for each of his 12 years in office (3,466 total)! George W. and Barak Hussein are the most miserly ever with 36 per year (so far). Going back to FDR Democrats have used 76% (5,720) of the total EO's (7,529)."
      • Jul 29 2013: So if I get it right Bob Edward says President Obama DOESN'T DO MANY eo's
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          Jul 29 2013: George, I have said many times already ... it is not about Obama ... Executive Orders should be restricted to the management of the Executive Branch. When a Executive Order, by anyone, becomes federal law impacting all citizens ... then I think that is the job of Congress .... to pass laws.

          Bob.
      • Jul 30 2013: Bob it's hard to get so I am sorry Most people have nuances and agendas Now I know.

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