What We’ve Come To: When A Congresswoman Doesn’t Know What Congress Does
Democrat Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee from Texas thinks it is the job of Congress to write a President’s Executive Orders. Apparently she doesn’t “get” that Obama is in the executive branch (hence the “executive” part of the Executive Orders) and she is in the legislative branch.
Jackson Lee made these ill-informed comments during a January 29 press conference ostensibly to tout the Democrat’s Full Employment Caucus (what ever that is supposed to mean).
As she spoke, Jackson Lee claimed that she hoped that Congress could “give President Obama a number of executive orders that he can sign.”
Pushing the new “caucus” she went on saying, “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. She went on saying, “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.”
“n fact,” Jackson Lee bumbled onward, “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.”
Of course, Congress doesn’t write Executive Orders. You see, the “executive” part of that name places it in the executive–or the president’s–branch of government.
Worse, if Congress were to start writing the President’s executive orders, they’d be circumventing their own role in our government by skipping voting, skipping the legislative process, and bypassing our system.
Jackson Lee seems to be a very stupid person. It may seem dismissible to state that so openly, but this is just the latest in a long string of stupid comments that is more proof than my just saying it.
Warner Todd Huston
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