Durbin: Obama will “borrow” constitutional power from Congress so he can pass amnesty

Via The Hill:

The Obama administration is “not bluffing” in its intent to take executive action on immigration policy if House Republicans don’t act soon, top Democratic leaders warned Thursday.

President Obama has delayed any potential changes to his deportation policy to allow House GOP leaders time to bring legislation to the floor this summer. But if the Republicans don’t act in July, the Democrats say, unilateral changes by Obama are inevitable.

“We’re at the end of the line,” Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) said Thursday during a press briefing in the Capitol. “We’re not bluffing by setting a legislative deadline for them to act.

“Their first job is to govern,” Menendez added, “and in the absence of governing, then you see executive actions.”

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) piled on. Noting that a year has passed since the Senate passed a sweeping immigration reform bill with broad bipartisan support, he urged House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to bring a similar bill to the floor.

“I don’t know how much more time he thinks he needs, but I hope that Speaker Boehner will speak up today,” Durbin said. “And if he does not, the president will borrow the power that is needed to solve the problems of immigration.”

It’s been a number of years since high school civics, but I must have been playing hooky on the day when we went over “the president can borrow power from Congress” clause in the constitution because I sure don’t remember that bit. For how long can a president borrow this power, Dick? I also can’t recall anything in the constitution about the president being able to abrogate the constitution if he can’t get both houses of Congress to acquiesce to his agenda no matter how stupendous the president thinks his agenda may be. Is it the position of Obama and Durbin that the Founders inserted a “I think my agenda is awesome therefore I can ignore the legislative process ” clause into the constitution?

Exit question for the Left: Will future conservative presidents be able to exercise this hitherto unknown presidential right to borrow power from Congress?

Update: I changed the title slightly to better reflect the post.



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