Facing criticism for his use of executive orders to go around Congress to legislate his policy from health care to the minimum wage, President Barack Obama appears to be going back on a campaign promise he made in 2008.
At a town hall event, then Senator Barack Obama told supporters at a campaign stop in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, “I taught constitutional law for ten years. I take the Constitution very seriously. The biggest problems we’re facing right now has to do with George Bush trying to bring more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all and that’s what I intend to reverse when I’m president of the United States of America.”
Although members of the GOP threatened court action to remedy the intuition in the past, other Republicans, Like Sen. Mike Lee (R – UT) told Fox News recently that although the President has violated the Constitution by using executive orders to change the Affordable Care Act there is little they can do to counteract the president’s moves.
Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., defended the president’s executive orders on Sunday, telling “Fox News” that Obama is “making sure laws are written and executed” to help Americans. He also said that if Obama’s actions “were against the Constitution somebody would have sued him by now.”