President Obama should reject legislative demand for decisions
Here is another issue for the Supreme Court to decide.
Congress embedded and attached a requirement for the President to decide about the Keystone Pipeline as part of the Payroll Tax Extension deal. In my opinion that action is a reach beyond Congressional power and interferes with the executive branch to act on its own in a manner and timing of it’s choosing.
So, President Obama didn’t bring that to the forefront as he wants to get the payroll tax break in place, but don’t be surprised if he ignores the Congressional demand for a decision. Let them take that up in court.
“POLITICO Breaking News
President Barack Obama on Saturday applauded the Senate for passing a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut but made no reference to the demand that Republicans slipped into the legislation requiring him to decide whether to move forward with a controversial oil pipeline project.
"It would be inexcusable for the Congress not to further extend this middle-class tax cut for the rest of the year," and it should be done with "as little drama as possible," Obama said in brief remarks from the White House.
The House is expected to take up the plan in the coming days.
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