As many expected, California’s junior US Senator, Barbara Boxer, has announced she will not seek re-election in 2016. When she departs, the Congress will lose of one its most obnoxious, reflexive Leftists. Boxer made her intentions official in a playful-ish YouTube video to supporters:
Friday, 02 Jan 2015 01:22 PM
By Sandy Fitzgerald
Obama has already used some quite extensive executive actions, including a decree on immigration reform, reports The Wall Street Journal, but he still has some top agenda items left to achieve during his last two years in office.
Some senior administration officials say that those priorities might stand a better chance of happening without Democrats in charge of the Senate.
But the six years since Obama first took office have been contentious ones, and while Republican leaders say they want to work with the president, aides told The Journal that the leaders don’t believe he’ll compromise with them.
Farah predicts millions will descend on House GOP before Congress reconvenes
Published: December 22, 2014
WASHINGTON – Imagine 85,000 letters demanding House Speaker John Boehner be dumped personally addressed to each House Republican including the name of the sender delivered every day when Congress reconvenes in the first week of January.
If they were delivered hourly it would represent 3,542 every 60 minutes. That’s 59 per minute.
Now, the “Don’t Be Yellow: Dump Boehner Campaign” won’t be delivering those letters every minute or every hour – just daily. But the 425,000 yellow letters generated by the campaign to date were ordered by Americans in response to the call from WND founder Joseph Farah in just five days.
Published August 27, 2014
The New York Times reported that the agreement is slated to be signed at a United Nations meeting next year in Paris. However, because the U.S. Senate is unlikely to ratify any international climate treaty, Obama’s negotiators reportedly are working toward an alternative agreement – a “politically binding” deal that would serve in lieu of a bona-fide treaty.
Conn Carroll | Aug 11, 2014
Some pundits, like Vox’s Ezra Klein, believe that if Congress refuses to vote an any issue a president deems important, then the president is then empowered to make new law on that issue.
This is, of course, completely false. But The New York Times embraced that position Sunday with an editorial calling on President Obama to grant temporary amnesty to up to 5 million illegal immigrants currently in the United States today. Below is a paragraph-by-paragraph response to the Times’s editorial:
We don’t know the details. Mr. Obama and the Department of Homeland Security have not yet supplied the who, what, when or even, officially, whether. But Mr. Obama has promised to respond to Congress’s refusal to act on immigration reform. And the most obvious thing is to lift the threat of deportation from immigrants who should be the lowest priority for removal: those with citizen children, jobs, clean records and strong community ties. Some reports put the size of that group at four million to five million.
First of all, as noted above, the fact that Congress has not acted on an issue does not provide any justification for a president to act on his own.
By: Guy Benson | July 22, 2014
UPDATE III (See other updates below) – The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals just ruled in the opposite direction on this precise issue, increasing the likelihood that we’re ultimately headed to SCOTUS.
Published July 08, 2014
President Obama is holding off on seeking legal changes to speed up the deportation process for illegal immigrant children, but is seeking more money than initially expected from Congress to deal with the crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border.
The president sent a massive $3.7 billion request seeking funds for everything from transportation costs to border enforcement to surveillance to health services.
Officials said they are taking an “aggressive” approach.
Published June 30, 2014
THE ABUSE OF CONSTITUTIONAL ‘SEPARATION OF POWERS’ BY OBAMA
The president, speaking in the Rose Garden, said he is forced to go it alone because the House has failed to act on a comprehensive overhaul. He said Speaker John Boehner informed him last week the House will not vote on an immigration bill this year.
“America cannot wait forever for them to act,” Obama said. He said he’s launching a new effort to “fix as much of our immigration system as I can, on my own, without Congress.”
In its first year, the 113th Congress passed just 55 substantive pieces of legislation, 65 laws total counting measures like post-office renaming and commemorative-coin authorizations. It surpassed the 112th Congress, which passed 63 substantive measures in its first year and previously held the title for least-productive in recent memory.
Even the 80th Congress, which President Harry Truman nicknamed the “do-nothing Congress” had passed 395 bills into law by the end of 1947, its first year.
By: Alexis Levinson, Political Reporter
December 17, 2013
Utah Rep. Jim Matheson made the announcement Tuesday on Facebook.
“It has been a tremendous privilege to serve the people of Utah during my time in the United States House of Representatives, but my time in the House should not be the sum total of my service,” he wrote in a post. “Today, I am announcing that I will not seek re-election to the House of Representatives.”