Article II, Section 3 of the United States Constitution [emphasis mine]:
He shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient; he may, on extraordinary Occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and in Case of Disagreement between them, with Respect to the Time of Adjournment, he may adjourn them to such Time as he shall think proper; he shall receive Ambassadors and other public Ministers; he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed, and shall Commission all the Officers of the United States.
Instead of playing politics, President Obama needs to man up and put aside his and his party’s politics. The Constitution says he has the power to do so.
Obama wasted several months trying to get Congress to pass a “jobs” bill that was nothing more than having taxpayers fund Democratic campaign coffers via unionized public sector jobs, and demanding that “the rich” pay for it. At the same time, President “Present” decided to punt on a decision to allow the U.S. portion of the Keystone oil pipeline from Canada to begin being built; with this, he kept his own campaign “pipeline” funded by the eco-Nazis who are against the Keystone project and the unions who are for it.
Everything shifted as the payroll tax cut was due to expire at the end of the year, along with the federal government’s temporary budget; again, Senate Democrats wasted time trying to have “the rich” pay for all this with a surtax.
House Republicans came up with an extraordinary solution; require Obama to make a decision on the Keystone pipeline, saying that if it gets built, then the revenues entitled to the federal government from the oil would fund these measures, especially the year-long extension of the current payroll tax rate. In addition:
…the House bill is paid for by, among other things, extending the federal pay freeze, reforming government-employee pensions, introducing modest means-testing to Medicare, and stepping up (sadly necessary) efforts to prevent millionaires and illegal immigrants from improperly receiving government checks.
Yet, Senate Republicans and Democrats only agreed to a 60-day extension of the rate and to have it offset by “increased fees on Fannie and Freddie.” The House said forget it. Since nothing was accomplished, Congress is on its way home.
I have no idea why Senate Republicans seem to have decided, with what I’ve seen, to chastise their Republican counterparts in the House. Worse, some are doubling-down on their stance (notably McCain and Brown). This stance is even more egregious for two reasons: 1) the Senate version creates a huge payroll nightmare on just about every U.S. business; and 2) it is Democrat Reid who refuses to set up a conference to resolve the differences between the two versions.
Plus, there is nothing stopping House and Senate Republicans demanding Obama to use his powers to get all this resolved. After all, Obama hasn’t had a problem usurping Congress’ authority in other areas, or bypassing them in the case of Libya. This is the narrative Republicans have to push since it is not only beneficial, it is the right one for the country. Republicans have called on Congressional Democrats to sit down and work things out. It’s time they demand the President put aside his politics and do the same.
Cross-posted at Scipio the Metalcon.