Conyers, Rangel, Jackson Lee among members forming caucus to help Obama enact executive actions

Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, February 5, 2014

President Obama made it clear in his 2014 State of the Union address that he plans on using as many executive orders as necessary to make sure his political agenda is enacted in 2014, and now he’ll have some help in the legislative branch thanks to the creation of a new Congressional Caucus created solely for that purpose.

Several Democratic members announced the formation last month of the Congressional Full Employment Caucus last month, which aims to “give President Obama a number of executive orders that he can sign.” In fact, according to Jackson Lee, writing up executive orders “should be our number one agenda.”

So much for checks and balances!

“We will be answering the call of all of America because people need work and we’re not doing right by them by creating work,” the Texas Congresswoman said during a Jan. 29 press conference. “I believe this caucus will put us on the right path and we’ll give President Obama a number of executive orders that he can sign with pride and strength.”

“In fact, I think that should be our number one agenda. Let’s write up these executive orders — draft them, of course — and ask the president to stand with us on full employment,” she added.

Other members of the Caucus include Reps. John Conyers Jr. (Mich.), Maxine Waters (Calif.), Charles Rangel (N.Y.), Frederica Wilson (Fla.), Barbara Lee (Calif.), Jose Serrano (N.Y.), Mike Quigley (Ill.), Jackson Lee.

According to Conyers’ website, “The Congressional Full Employment Caucus will serve as a platform and working group for Members dedicated to identifying solutions to our current unemployment crisis and advocating for legislative action.”


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