Monday, January 18, 2016

Obama eyes 'audacious' use of executive power in final year

President Obama's pledge to pursue "audacious" executive action during his final year in office is stirring a frenzy of speculation about what he might have up his sleeve. White House chief of staff Denis McDonough this week said “audacious” executive actions on tap for 2016 are being carefully crafted to “make sure the steps we have taken are ones we can lock down and not be subjected to undoing through [Congress] or otherwise.” But with only 12 months left in office, the president is increasingly constrained in what he can accomplish. Finalizing executive orders and regulations takes time, and the administration is already scrambling to put in place dozens of executive orders and regulations that have already been announced. A White House official was non-committal when asked about which specific executive actions the president might be considering. Whether his moves are “audacious” or not, Obama is going to have to some tough choices to make in the months ahead. The president has indicated he is focused on equal pay, campaign finance reform, gun control and closing the prison at Guantánamo Bay, among other things. But where he decides to take unilateral action is anyone’s guess...more

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