With President Obama vowing to make 2014 a “year of action” by executive fiat, top conservatives are sounding the alarm.
Obama “has acted like the playground bully who when he can’t have everything he wants, he decides to take his ball and go home” says Heritage Foundation president Jim DeMint in a video address.
The former GOP senator from South Carolina, warned that “our union will be much weaker and even more divided if the President attempts to rule the country by itself.”
“President Obama warned that he has a pen and a phone–and that’s all he needs to rule from Washington,” DeMint said. “The White House said he ‘doesn’t think the American people would want him to limit himself’ to what Congress is doing.”
Meanwhile, congressional Republicans are pushing GOP leadership to focus on Obama’s executive actions in the House.
Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) penned a letter on Tuesday to House Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy asking them to ensure 2014 becomes a year where the House GOP conference focuses on Obama’s executive overreaches.
“In addition to bills we have already passed rolling back regulatory overreach, it is time for this House to pursue that vigilance, and to re-assert our Constitutional authority by denying the president the raw power he so cravenly pursues,” Duncan wrote in the letter to House GOP leadership, a copy of which was exclusively provided to Breitbart News. “There are numerous avenues at our disposal, and one or all of these should be pursued.”
Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ) said lawmakers and the public plan to stand up to Obama over his use of power.
“If the President really intends to govern through executive fiat, he will incur a tremendous amount of resistance from both policymakers and the American people,” Schweikert said, according to The Hill.
According to State of the Union excerpts the White House released late Tuesday, Obama’s speech focuses on his plans to override Congress with executive orders.
“What I offer tonight is a set of concrete, practical proposals to speed up growth, strengthen the middle class, and build new ladders of opportunity into the middle class,” Obama will say, according to one excerpt. “Some require Congressional action, and I’m eager to work with all of you. But America does not stand still- and neither will I.”