Question for Boehner: Will you use the power of the purse to stop Obama’s executive power grabs?

posted at 7:01 pm on July 18, 2014 by Allahpundit

A leftover from yesterday via CNS but a fine note on which to end the week. There are three ways the House could punish Obama the next time he decides he wants to rewrite a statutory deadline for ObamaCare or unilaterally declare war in the Middle East or amnestize a few million illegals. They could impeach him, of course, but that’ll go nowhere in the Senate and will provoke a nasty public backlash against the GOP. That option is too hot. They could do what Boehner’s actually doing right now, suing Obama on separation-of-powers grounds, but most legal experts think the lawsuit is doomed either because the House lacks standing or because courts don’t want to meddle in an executive/legislative scrap. That option is too cold. The third option is to simply cut off his funding. If he wants to continue making law via executive edict, that’s fine; next time he comes looking for appropriations to run the government, Boehner can laugh in his face and tell him to get the money from Harry Reid. Under the circumstances, the power of the purse would operate as the impeachment process in reverse: Reid and the Senate could do whatever they like on funding, but their bills would be DOA in the House. No money for Uncle Sugar until Obama agrees to follow the law as written.

Boehner seems … chilly to that idea. Any theories why? Anyone want to hazard a guess as to why, four months before an election, he doesn’t want to commit to a new, protracted government shutdown to settle a debate over constitutional philosophy that most voters would regard as esoteric and unimportant? As I’ve said before, the main problem in punishing O isn’t Boehner, it’s the fact that most of the public doesn’t care about this stuff. If they like the ends that government produces, they won’t fret much about the means. That’s the stumbling block to impeachment. And to using the power of the purse.


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Not no but Hell no he won’t.

RickB on July 18, 2014 at 7:03 PM

Question for Boehner: Will you use the power of the purse to stop Obama’s executive power grabs?

Seriously, who doesn’t already know the answer to that question?

sharrukin on July 18, 2014 at 7:11 PM

And Obama is just narcissistic enough to actually ask for money for something that is genuinely needed, just so he could gut Repubs publicly for saying no.

lineholder on July 18, 2014 at 7:11 PM

Why bother supporting this corrupt regime with taxes? It sure as h e l l doesn’t represent us or even operate within the bounds of the Constitution.

Why bother voting republican, or even voting at all?

azpatriotsdotcom on July 18, 2014 at 7:12 PM

No way. Boner is a political hack and a coward.

vnvet on July 18, 2014 at 7:13 PM

Question for Boehner: Will you use the power of the purse to stop Obama’s executive power grabs?

Now why would the Spelunker of the House, collaborator and enabler of the marxist obamanation (mis)administration want to thwart his golf buddy??

Gohawgs on July 18, 2014 at 7:16 PM

To deny access to one’s wallet to one’s boyfriend? Nah, that takes balls, of which Boehner has none.

Rix on July 18, 2014 at 7:17 PM

Question for Boehner: Will you use the power of the purse to stop Obama’s executive power grabs?

O_o

Seven Percent Solution on July 18, 2014 at 7:17 PM

“Hamina, hamina, hamina, hamina…… Only if my golfing buddy offends The Chamber…”

———– Weasel Boehner the Inadequate

viking01 on July 18, 2014 at 7:18 PM

Refreshingly to-the-point click bait Allah. Good work.

As I’ve said before, the main problem in punishing O isn’t Boehner, it’s the fact that most of the public doesn’t care about this stuff.

Republicans need to start asking themselves why they should even bother being there if they are never going to do anything without having both houses, the presidency, a stacked supreme court, a hypnotized media, and perfect weather all at the same time. Allah, I wonder if you and other Republicans aren’t starting to actually be embarrassed with these weak individuals.

Is there any clearer example of the uselessness of electing Republicans? They are paralyzed as a RINO blogger in the face of the media. Be the opposition or be Democrats.

Dongemaharu on July 18, 2014 at 7:20 PM

Funny, the Left constantly proclaims doing things for the sake of the people, even if it’s unpopular. Soda bans. Gun bans. Health care. Seatbelt laws. On and on.

Yet what’s really good for the country, and what will help energize a conservative base that I personally think is being taken for granted, the GOP won’t touch with a ten-foot pole.

The problem isn’t poll results, it’s a distinct lack of courage among elected officials. They’re cowards in every sense of the word.

New hashtag- #SpeakerBergdahl

BKeyser on July 18, 2014 at 7:21 PM

“Sorry, I don’t carry a purse, but I support anyone who chooses to do so…next question…”

BobMbx on July 18, 2014 at 7:21 PM

To a party that will not fight, the power of the purse is useless. A rolled-up MSM newspaper and “Bad dog, BAD!” gets ‘em every time.

PersonFromPorlock on July 18, 2014 at 7:22 PM

Boehner seems … chilly to that idea. Any theories why?

That he’s a candy-ass RINO, beta-male, surrender weasel?

Oh, wait — that was likely a rhetorical question, huh AP?

ShainS on July 18, 2014 at 7:25 PM

The power of the purse is overrated. You can withhold all the money in the world, but it’s not going to stop Obama from refusing to deport illegal immigrants.

Stoic Patriot on July 18, 2014 at 7:26 PM

They want that money too. You’ll never get this bunch of crooks to do the right thing.

crankyoldlady on July 18, 2014 at 7:28 PM

With new leadership it’s a good possibility otherwise no. But they did just defund the IRS enforcement branch….defund the EPA enforcement branch and the fascist Judical system overturning state rights on marriage ect.

sorrowen on July 18, 2014 at 7:29 PM

There go the last remaining fibers in the fig leaf that the GOP has been using for the past couple of decades when insisting that we vote for them: “Because we’re the only thing out there to stop the Democrats from destroying the country with debt, letting illegal immigrants overrun America’s towns and cities, screwing up your medical insurance, and reining in Democratic presidents when they turn lawless and start acting like kings!” Boehner is now saying “Oh hell no, we’re not doing any of that.”

So what are you going to tell us now, GOP? Are you going to try to shame us again into doing the “smart” but useless thing and vote for you useless parasites and hope you’ll one day rise above your own corruption and do the right thing by the people who have elected you? Or have you simply given up entirely on that game because you think that history will mindlessly sweep you into power (so you can do nothing with that power except pad your Swiss bank accounts as much as possible before the dollar collapses)? Maybe all those illegal aliens pouring into the country will be your new base, to replace the old base that is now on to your little games, eh?

Aitch748 on July 18, 2014 at 7:29 PM

Anyone want to hazard a guess as to why, four months before an election, he doesn’t want to commit to a new, protracted government shutdown to settle a debate over constitutional philosophy that most voters would regard as esoteric and unimportant?

It would be terrible to interrupt the important business of being elected to government only to actually govern.

I’m surprised anyone’s suggesting it.

Axe on July 18, 2014 at 7:32 PM

As I’ve said before, the main problem in punishing O isn’t Boehner, it’s the fact that most of the public doesn’t care about this stuff. If they like the ends that government produces, they won’t fret much about the means.

I understand that the majority of the public is far more focused on what’s directly impacting them – the soaring prices in the grocery store, the creep of higher gasoline prices, higher electricity prices, worrying about their jobs / stagnant wages, etc. For most they’ve not experienced the effects of Obamacare, or Administration’s refusal to enforce immigration laws, or other social issue laws. The soaring national debt also is little more than a number to most – because it’s not impacting them now.

But that doesn’t let Boehner or the other ‘leaders’ of the GOP off the hook when it comes to educating the public, communicating with the public, and articulating a cogent valid alternative to the progressive-fascist agenda. And that’s where the problem is.

Boehner and the other ‘leaders’ don’t want to step up and lead. They don’t want to communicate or articulate a cogent alternative vision and direction for the country. They don’t even want to articulate a message about the unprecedented and unconstitutional failings of the current Administration.

The primary reason – they are afraid. To be a leader, they make themselves a target, particularly to the corrupt and biased media. They want to be ‘popular’ and not ‘rock the boat’ and enjoy the trappings of their offices far more than they want to represent their constituents. Too many of them have been captured by a system that believes the people exist for the benefit of the government as opposed to the government being accountable and responsible to the people. That’s why they spend more time attacking and demagoguing the Tea Party than their supposed political rivals.

Athos on July 18, 2014 at 7:32 PM

Maybe all those illegal aliens pouring into the country will be your new base, to replace the old base that is now on to your little games, eh?

Heh, sometime into the future some of those illegal invaders could be our new leaders in DC if they get to make themselves at home here.

hawkeye54 on July 18, 2014 at 7:32 PM

I’ve about had it with Judical activism I’m looking at you Ok Supreme Court you fascistic morally bankrupt depraved bastards. At this point I’m seeing Glenn’s bubba scenario and I don’t want to….

sorrowen on July 18, 2014 at 7:35 PM

It would be terrible to interrupt the important business of being elected to government only to actually govern.

DC has become a well endowed subsidiary of our politicians’ corporate cronies. There to do their cronies business, not governing Constitutionally.

hawkeye54 on July 18, 2014 at 7:35 PM

It would be terrible to interrupt the important business of being elected to government only to actually govern.

I’m surprised anyone’s suggesting it.

Axe on July 18, 2014 at 7:32 PM

Damn straight.

If Weasel Boehner were a true representative of representative gummint just where would his new Florida mansion and future lobbying for The Chamber for big retroactive loot end up?

viking01 on July 18, 2014 at 7:36 PM

As I’ve said before, the main problem in punishing O isn’t Boehner, it’s the fact that most of the public doesn’t care about this stuff. If they like the ends that government produces, they won’t fret much about the means.

Too bad we don’t live in something like a Republic instead of a Mobocracy, AP.

And, too bad the Founding Fathers didn’t wait for a majority of colonists to agree with them before starting that stupid revolt …

/

ShainS on July 18, 2014 at 7:37 PM

Question for Boehner: Will you use the power of the purse to stop Obama’s executive power grabs?

…he carries a purse and has had no ba11s for at least 5 years now!…what kind of question is that?

JugEarsButtHurt on July 18, 2014 at 7:40 PM

Question for Boehner: When will you renounce your plans to push amnesty? Has the border crisis impacted him even one iota? Boehner needs to say simply that his past talk about amnesty was misguided in light of the border crisis. (I would say it was totally misguided from the beginning, but it’s definitely misguided when you consider the current crisis.)

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2014/04/25/boehner_mocks_conservative_colleagues_on_immigration.html

anotherJoe on July 18, 2014 at 7:41 PM

As I’ve said before, the main problem in punishing O isn’t Boehner, it’s the fact that most of the public doesn’t care about this stuff. If they like the ends that government produces, they won’t fret much about the means.

I wish you concern trolls would make up your minds. On one hand, you tell us the public just doesn’t care, then on the other hand, you tell us they care so much that republicans AND ONLY REPUBLICANS are guaranteed to be punished should they even THINK about opposing Obama and the dems, lol.

xblade on July 18, 2014 at 7:46 PM

Question for Boehner: When will you renounce your plans to push amnesty?

anotherJoe

Never. In fact, they’ve been working on a backdoor amnesty plan this week.

xblade on July 18, 2014 at 7:49 PM

When it a collapses, he won’t be one of the ones out in the street involved in the fight.

You know,, us killing each other?

Frigging ruling class MUST pay for setting us up to protect their own arses.

wolly4321 on July 18, 2014 at 7:52 PM

Boehner seems … chilly to that idea. Any theories why?

The DNC & Media will collaborate in a grand “Republicans are cutting all your benefits etc” blitz.

Obama shut down parks, put signs up everywhere saying stuff was shut down due to the Republican government shut down.

The GOP leadership is too weak and have no plan. Newt Gingrich was the last republican in the House to ever lead a successful revolt. He publicly called out Bill Clinton, on the steps of the House.

Boehner would never do that.

portlandon on July 18, 2014 at 7:52 PM

In the halls of DC all these pukes walk hand-in-hand. Can’t put $17.5 trillion fiscal debt on Prez Barry alone.

RdLake on July 18, 2014 at 7:53 PM

Easy answer: Boehner and the GOP are democrats, only they dress better.

Mr. Arrogant on July 18, 2014 at 7:58 PM

I get the argument of why Boehner doesn’t want to use the power of the purse. But what exactly is it that the GOP leadership is doing with their time? Why aren’t they out educating the public on conservative ideas? The Dems are out everyday pushing their agenda & all I hear are crickets from GOP leadership. Obama is the worst president, but Mc Connell and Boehner are awful at their job. Is MC Connell still alive? It is like these 2 live in crypt and are drug out periodically to let us know they still exist, but exist for what?

Charm on July 18, 2014 at 8:02 PM

Why?

Maybe someone will drag out the video of him promising fiscally sane, agency by agency funding back in 2010.

And ask him: what did you do with John Boehner the man who kept his promises?

ajacksonian on July 18, 2014 at 8:03 PM

I have a feeling that all that NSA surveillance has given the Choom Gang something on Boehner, like a lot of other people in DC.

formwiz on July 18, 2014 at 8:03 PM

“No, because I love him.”

-Boner

Bishop on July 18, 2014 at 8:06 PM

Jesus. Can’t they defund anything on this bloated monstrosity we used to call our government? How about selected a few juicy targets, like IRS or EPA? Or DoE?

J.B. Say on July 18, 2014 at 8:07 PM

If Weasel Boehner were a true representative of representative gummint just where would his new Florida mansion and future lobbying for The Chamber for big retroactive loot end up?

viking01 on July 18, 2014 at 7:36 PM

I sense you are leavened with Steve Eggleston yeast.

Axe on July 18, 2014 at 8:08 PM

Isn’t there a smidgeon of government that they can say no to?

J.B. Say on July 18, 2014 at 8:08 PM

I think the biggest question Boehner grapples with is where he left his car the night before.

Rational Thought on July 18, 2014 at 8:09 PM

They can defund the military as they are doing now.

A putrid F-35 that could get bested by a Sabre, meanwhile our combat-tested lower officers are being booted to the curb.

Bishop on July 18, 2014 at 8:10 PM

xblade on July 18, 2014 at 7:46 PM

Ooo, ya.

J.B. Say on July 18, 2014 at 8:11 PM

What you are saying is “shut down the government unless Obama caves.”

Been there, done that, have the scars, turn the page.

All the idiot boy Cruzniks will be all over it. No one with a freaking brain jumps into the fire a third time.

Adjoran on July 18, 2014 at 8:11 PM

Why can’t selective defunding work? If you won’t go whole hog, start with a rib.

J.B. Say on July 18, 2014 at 8:12 PM

As I’ve said before, the main problem in punishing O isn’t Boehner, it’s the fact that most of the public doesn’t care about this stuff.

Unfortunately that’s very true. They don’t care for the most part.

cat_owner on July 18, 2014 at 8:14 PM

LOL! More GOP infighting. I like it.

GOP, please, please impeach Obama. Or if you lack guts to impeach at least defund Obama. Come on, GOP. Vamos..

All this mad dog barking but no bite.

Ned Pepper on July 18, 2014 at 8:14 PM

Axe on July 18, 2014 at 8:08 PM

Is that good or bad? Like artisan bread or athlete’s foot?

viking01 on July 18, 2014 at 8:15 PM

At the beginning of the 19th century, a president cut spending and nearly all taxes to zero in his first term. Yes, Jefferson had a friendly Congress.

In the later 19th century, a president would veto every non-Constitutional porky bill that came near his desk. And Cleveland did not have a friendly Congress.

After WWII, Congress defied a president and cut New Deal programs and spending. And give em hell Harry could not stop them with his veto pen, even after he won in ’48.

Next year, a Republican Senate and House can start growing some.

J.B. Say on July 18, 2014 at 8:18 PM

LOL! More GOP infighting. I like it. GOP, please, please impeach Obama. Or if you lack guts to impeach at least defund Obama. Come on, GOP. Vamos.. All this mad dog barking but no bite. Ned Pepper on July 18, 2014 at 8:14 PM

Which is your gal? Warren or Clinton?

wolly4321 on July 18, 2014 at 8:22 PM

Gutless turd that needs to be flushed.

nobama1267 on July 18, 2014 at 8:24 PM

As I’ve said before, the main problem in punishing O isn’t Boehner, it’s the fact that most of the public doesn’t care about this stuff. If they like the ends that government produces, they won’t fret much about the means. That’s the stumbling block to impeachment. And to using the power of the purse.

No, the main problem is that the GOPe is fat and happy, and really doesn’t believe in limited government. It passively undermines the Constitution.

If Boehner, et al., cared about the Constitution, then they would be working to explain over and over again–despite the Dems and despite the media–to the public just exactly why it’s important to tighten the purse strings.

Boehner is derelict of his Constitutional duty.

INC on July 18, 2014 at 8:28 PM

It appears to me that Boehner believes he can get away with Harry Reid’s strategy of not allowing his caucus to be forced to take any tough votes. Personally, I’m not sure that would work for Harry Reid, if he had any intelligent opposition, however it certainly doesn’t work in the House which, if it’s going to use the power of the purse, has to do something.

Boehner may go down in history as the worst Speaker of the House, which would really be funny since many of us believe Obama will got down as the worst President. As Newt Gingrich helped make Clinton look like a better President, Pelosi and Boehner have allowed Obama to be the worst. If there were any leadership in the House, Obama would not be able to get away with circumventing the Constitution. Boehner has been Speaker of the House for 4 years, can anyone list his accomplishments?

So, the short answer to your question is, NO, John Boehner will not use the power the House has, because he really has no clue how to use it. He’s already demonstrated how not to use it, by voting 40 times to repeal Obamacare and signing continuing resolutions. You have the power of the purse, not the power to repeal. He did, however, have to power to defund and he didn’t use it. Also, you can not use the power of the purse if you sign continuing resolutions. John Boehner has done both so, therefore by my calculations, he’s short-circuited all the power he has to put on a show to make people think he’s doing something.

bflat879 on July 18, 2014 at 8:30 PM

No, the main problem is that the GOPe is fat and happy, and really doesn’t believe in limited government. It passively undermines the Constitution.

If Boehner, et al., cared about the Constitution, then they would be working to explain over and over again–despite the Dems and despite the media–to the public just exactly why it’s important to tighten the purse strings.

Boehner is derelict of his Constitutional duty.

INC on July 18, 2014 at 8:28 PM

THIS!

Jayrae on July 18, 2014 at 8:35 PM

What you are saying is “shut down the government unless Obama caves.”

Been there, done that, have the scars, turn the page.

All the idiot boy Cruzniks will be all over it. No one with a freaking brain jumps into the fire a third time.

Adjoran on July 18, 2014 at 8:11 PM

Good to hear! So…uh…when the GOP nominates another squish in 2016, we can tell them that we’ve “been there, done that, have the scars, turn the page”?

Thanks for making my decision to burn the top of the ballot easier.

Bishop on July 18, 2014 at 8:40 PM

Which is your gal? Warren or Clinton?

wolly4321 on July 18, 2014 at 8:22 PM

He likes the young, good looking one.

Bishop on July 18, 2014 at 8:41 PM

You guys are going to make Weeper Boner weep with such emotional questions.

antisocial on July 18, 2014 at 9:10 PM

Boneless ham with sodium nitrites.

Sherman1864 on July 18, 2014 at 9:18 PM

We’re governed by soft and hard socialists because the country wants soft and hard socialism. The system is working.

Socialism does not work, and will eventually crush us all. But that’s what people want.

Don’t believe me? Ask people if they would support repeal of medicare and social security. Better yet, ask “conservatives”.

Revenant on July 18, 2014 at 9:25 PM

All the idiot boy Cruzniks will be all over it. No one with a freaking brain jumps into the fire a third time.

Adjoran on July 18, 2014 at 8:11 PM

LOL!Funny and true. The crazies will be coming after you with a comment like that.

Ned Pepper on July 18, 2014 at 9:25 PM

Again, every situation and realistic assessment simply leads to a single conclusion.

Accept the new tyranny as ‘normal’ and move along, or prepare for the violence that appears to be the only way to end this. They refuse to use the Constitutional remedies already provided, so there’s really only one thing left to do.

Midas on July 18, 2014 at 9:27 PM

The GOP could if it wanted to.

Even avoiding higher profile, publicly contentious items, they could zero out a thousand Dem taxpayer swindles nobody ever heard of as indirect punishment and Obama and the press couldn’t defend their revolting corruption and wouldn’t dare shut the government over it.

Trouble is, the GOP doesn’t want that war–they want to protect their own revolting swindles.

bildung on July 18, 2014 at 9:29 PM

If they (the public) like the ends that government produces, they won’t fret much about the means. That’s the stumbling block to impeachment. And to using the power of the purse.

And if pigs flew…

This is an inane postulate, even on a Friday after a few sundown mint juleps on the veranda. Yes, if the public thinks everything is groovy… if everyone approves of everything Obama and his administration are doing, you would have a hard time finding support for impeachment, defunding, or a strongly-worded memo. But, in what world is that the case?

I suppose, in a few short months, we’ll find out if everybody thinks everything is just swell.

IndieDogg on July 18, 2014 at 9:59 PM

This may sound kind of strange and O.T. but one the reasons Washington DC is so alien to the rest of the country, is it operates on a different clock. The DC clock is set by the House and Senate in what bills they take up for the calender year. Simply put, the rhythms of life in DC, are out of step with the rest of the United States. This cannot be understated. With politics as the driving force in every act, even simple things like greeting someone from a different political party becomes grossly distorted. In many ways(not all) it explains why so many excuse Obamas lack of action(besides being a really bad actor) as president. The people inside do not hear what the rest of the country is saying. And when they do, they do not believe what they are hearing. That is why the reaction to the shutdown was a major shock the GOP Leadership. With the current leadership(such as it is)in both parties, DC is even more out of phase with the rest of the country. It is not till you are out of DC, that one sees just how strange life is there. Just some food for thought.

flackcatcher on July 18, 2014 at 9:59 PM

Boehner is a completely corrupt, complicit scumbag that will never do what’s right. Period. He doesn’t belong in any position of power whatsoever. None. The people who knew this and voted for him anyway are beyond reprehensible, but most of his voters were lulled by lies and propaganda, IMO. At least that’s what I like to think, because otherwise there is no hope.

FloatingRock on July 18, 2014 at 10:11 PM

No way. Boner is a political hack and a coward.

vnvet on July 18, 2014 at 7:13 PM

He’s is not coward, he’s a bold corruptocrat. When the majority of people finally figure it out he is done for and we might have a chance to save the country.

FloatingRock on July 18, 2014 at 10:18 PM

As I’ve said before, the main problem in punishing O isn’t Boehner, it’s the fact that most of the public doesn’t care about this stuff.

The main problem is that the Republican’s aren’t much, if any, better.

FloatingRock on July 18, 2014 at 10:25 PM

The problem isn’t poll results, it’s a distinct lack of courage among elected officials. They’re cowards in every sense of the word.

New hashtag- #SpeakerBergdahl

BKeyser on July 18, 2014 at 7:21 PM

They’re corrupt in every sense of the word.

FloatingRock on July 18, 2014 at 10:36 PM

I know this had all been said before, but this dumbass has been complicit in all of Obummer’s schemes
This clown has done as much damage as Harry Reid by his inaction

whatabunchoflosers on July 18, 2014 at 10:38 PM

Again, every situation and realistic assessment simply leads to a single conclusion.

Accept the new tyranny as ‘normal’ and move along, or prepare for the violence that appears to be the only way to end this. They refuse to use the Constitutional remedies already provided, so there’s really only one thing left to do.

Midas on July 18, 2014 at 9:27 PM

That one thing is more and more likely as the go-along-to-get-along GOP continues to cave as Obama destroys the country we once knew.

azpatriotsdotcom on July 18, 2014 at 10:39 PM

If the House won’t fund Obama’s pet projects, they’ll get lambasted for not caring about children, trying to kill senior citizens and trying to take birth control away from single women.

All ridiculous, but when the media is carrying water for you, they’ll make sure the narrative sells.

bettercallputin on July 19, 2014 at 3:24 AM

http://youtu.be/_LEKRykwlN0

I give you John Boehner.

celtic warrior on July 19, 2014 at 6:39 AM

Boehner seems … chilly to that idea. Any theories why?

Because Boehner is a spineless, gutless, weeping alcoholic with no moral compass. He’s afraid of exerting any power from the House because he thinks someone will pull the speaker’s seat out from under his well-padded ass. True conservatives hate him more than Democrats and with good reason. His go-along/get-along GOPe mutual backscratching does NOT represent the will of the people but the will of the people who believe they know what is
best for us. Boehner is the prime example of the need for term limits.

partsnlabor on July 19, 2014 at 7:07 AM

Current “official” government debt: -$17,500,000,000,000
Annual federal deficit, to be added to debt: -$2,000,000,000,000
Additional newly found unbudgeted costs of Obamacare, 2014-2020, -$7,500,000,000,000

Federal debt 2020 = -$35,000,000,000,000, if everything goes well, otherwise much higher.

Washington, DC response = yawn

Viator on July 19, 2014 at 7:49 AM

The Republicans aren’t going to take strong action against Obama, because they are afraid that it will backfire and cost them control of the Senate. If the Republicans win the Senate and retain control of the House, they are not going to take strong action against Obama, because they are afraid it will backfire and cost them the Presidency in 2016. Is that clear enough?

kjatexas on July 19, 2014 at 8:56 AM

The whole idea of an Executive Power grab, is that it is outside the appropriations process. There is no line in the budget, Executive Power Grab, to defund.

The House Republicans have reduced funding to the IRS, to force them to take stock and reorganize something. Who knows if it will pass.

They can try to cut spending. They can try to put money where they want it if it has been cut by the administration.

It isn’t a question that is addressed in the appropriations process. If you want to unfund the presidents executive authority, what do you do, stop paying to heat and light the Oval Office?

It’s a novel idea.

Fleuries on July 19, 2014 at 11:32 AM

That the voters think it’s esoteric and unimportant simply means the country is toast. It is neither esoteric or unimportant.

Quartermaster on July 19, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Bunch of pathetic cowards.

I was a strong GOP supporter.

I will never vote again.

fossten on July 19, 2014 at 11:35 AM

The Republicans aren’t going to take strong action against Obama, because they are afraid that it will backfire and cost them control of the Senate. If the Republicans win the Senate and retain control of the House, they are not going to take strong action against Obama, because they are afraid it will backfire and cost them the Presidency in 2016. Is that clear enough?

kjatexas on July 19, 2014 at 8:56 AM

Yep, interesting that the Democrats never indicate that they have any long term fears. They just go for every carotid artery they can see, and they win more times than not.

fossten on July 19, 2014 at 11:36 AM

He’s part of the establishment. He just wants to get along. He’s part of the problem.

Old eagle on July 19, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Will you use the power of the purse to stop Obama’s executive power grabs?

I’d settle for the House forcing the Senate & Obama to pass a budget. Remember Obama’s budgets shot down without getting a single vote? By LAW the Senate has to, but Reid refuses and the Repubs roll over. I guess that’s another hill not worth fighting for.

LouisianaLightning on July 19, 2014 at 3:00 PM

Boehner is a coward and a collaborator. I despise him and his cronies even more than I do Obama.

blackgriffin on July 20, 2014 at 10:37 AM

Ropes, lampposts, malfeasant politicians-some assembly required.

We can no longer expect to vote our way out of this.

Ay Uaxe on July 20, 2014 at 7:20 PM