President Obama, looking at the very possible future of partisianship blockages, has decided, on the advice and counsel of his Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, to exercise some of his Executive powers to get his agenda going again. On his list are policies regarding energy, the environment, and fiscal issues on a domestic scale. Congress just isn’t cutting the mustard these days, and our President is none too happy.
Emanuel is ready to get Obama’s agenda moving again, and right now.
“We are reviewing a list of presidential executive orders and directives to get the job done across a front of issues.”
An American President pressuring Congress into action or making decisions of his own accord is not a new event in DC. Both Presidents Clinton and Bush did their own versions of such actions. Rahm himself is again no stranger to this, as he carried water for President Clinton when Clinton held office.
Some political savants regard this new mode of leadership for Obama to adopt is only natural in any President’s second year. Dan Pfeiffer, White House communications director chimes in:
“The challenges we had to address in 2009 ensured that the center of action would be in Congress. In 2010, executive actions will also play a key role in advancing the agenda.”
One of the more media-prominent issues that Obama will be moving on are the nominations he has made that Congress just won’t approve. With the Senatorial recess approaching, it would be the perfect time to confirm those he wants with no fuss. In a meeting at the White House, President Obama told Mitch McConnell of Kentucky that he would use his Executive power to confirm nominees if the Senate didn’t get them done before their recess.
Don Stewart, a spokesman for Mr. McConnell, said:
“All presidents get frustrated with the pace of nominations, and all Congresses say they’re doing their best, so it’s not a surprise. But the fact is nominees are being confirmed, particularly those nominated since December.”
While it is true that Mr. Obama has the right to exercise his Executive power in such fashion, it is enough to make many Americans nervous. With the Senate out on recess, one must wonder what else Mr. Obama will pass, approve, confirm, or decree now that he will be unchallenged. Lately it has been common practice to pass legislation behind closed-door meetings or after-hours.
Mr. Obama may take this opportunity to enact several smaller pieces of his agenda to create a strong base when the time comes to really push his plans for America.