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Presidential Overreach

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This week Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) released a report entitled "The Imperial Presidency," highlighting some of President Obama's most dramatic executive branch overreaches. As pointed out by the House Education and Workforce Committee here, many of these administrative moves by President Obama have impacted education and labor policies. For example, while No Child Left Behind has been controversial itself, the President's waiver-scheme simply replaces one bad Federally-controlled policy with another. The President could and should instead work with Congress to truly reform education by sending authority and control back to the states.

The President has also gone around Congress to pursue a radical labor agenda. Regulations have been promulgated to allow unions to carry out "ambush" elections and to create "micro-unions" to divide and conquer a business' workforce. The President has used the National Labor Relations Board to block companies attempting to move or open new operations in right to work states like Georgia. I encourage you to visit the House Education and Workforce Committee website to read the entire report on "The Imperial Presidency." Time and again this President, and Presidents in the past, have attempted to expand executive branch power into areas that the Constitution places within the exclusive domain of the Congress. Congress must reclaim its proper Constitutional authority, and during the 112th Congress, the House has worked to do just that.


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