Politico reports today, “Seeing ‘no clear path’ toward reauthorizing the “No Child Left Behind” education law, the Obama administration will unilaterally issue waivers to states, exempting them from some of the law’s regulations. . . . The announcement comes months after President Barack Obama called on Congress to deliver legislation to his desk by September that fixed the Bush-era law. But as the calendar moves closer to Obama’s deadline, the House and Senate have moved on separate paths at a pace the White House says is not nearly fast enough.”
This announcement from the Obama administration is yet another example of a troubling trend from this White House where they decide to simply ignore or sidestep Congress when it doesn’t approve their policy preferences.
Recall that back in April, a draft executive order leaked from the White House which would have allowed the Obama administration to implement parts of the partisan bill written to stymie political speech, the DISCLOSE Act, after it failed to get through the Senate. As a source for former FEC Commissioner Hans von Spakovsky’s report observed at the time, “It really is amazing — they lost in the Supreme Court, they lost in Congress, they lost at the FEC, so now the president is just going to do it by edict.”
And Republicans have been fighting for a couple years now the attempt by the Obama administration’s EPA to regulate greenhouse gases as pollutants under the Clean Air Act, something Congress has not authorized, in the wake of the failure of carbon cap-and-tax schemes in Congress.
As Sen. John Thune (R-SD) said in May, these are all “examples of regulatory agencies that are trying to pursue agendas that they can’t get accomplished through the political process here on Capitol Hill.”
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