Ryan: Obama is ‘subverting’ Congress

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House Republicans voted on October 28th voted to nominate Ryan, with 200 members backing him over Florida GOP Rep. Daniel Webster, who received 43 votes.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Even before President Barack Obama’s meeting this afternoon with his attorney general and others, Republicans are voicing opposition to the executive actions Obama is expected to announce to tighten the nation’s gun laws.

House Speaker Paul Ryan says at the very least, Obama is “subverting the legislative branch” — and possibly “overturning its will.”

At a meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch, FBI Director James Comey and other top law enforcement officials, Obama is expected to sign off on a package of proposals aimed at curbing gun violence and cracking down on unregulated gun sales.

Among other steps, Obama is expected to expand background checks on gun sales by forcing more sellers to register as federally-licensed gun dealers.

One gun control advocate, Dan Gross of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, says there are “definitely” some things Obama could do on his own. He says his recent conversations with White House aides have left him hopeful.

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  • Kevin Rahe

    Do liberals think there’s never going to be another conservative President? If they don’t think that, then why aren’t they up in arms over Obama’s go-it-alone approach as much as conservatives? Or don’t they care if a future president uses Obama’s methods to apply law in the conservative direction?

  • Andrew

    Of course he is! That has been his M.O. the whole presidency. Rather than trying to go above the head of Congress legislatively, which he can not legally do, what he should have been doing is pressuring Congress through existing constitutional legislation to either get off their high horses and do their jobs or risk, on an individual basis, being declared in violation of their oath of office.

    “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”

    Find me ONE member of the House or Senate who has not violated that oath. Can you? If you can, fine. They can stay. But the fact is Obama doesn’t give a rat’s rump about the real problems facing this nation. He, like all these crooked Congressmen, only cares about himself and how he looks in a history book. So is trying to subvert Congress in order to look like some sort of failed hero. He knows it will come to nothing. He knows it won’t hold up in court. And Congress knows it too. Obama is as lame as lame ducks get, and he is completely unwilling to fulfill his own oath of office and defend this country against the biggest domestic enemies we have…the US Congress.