House Repubs warn Obama against executive actions ahead of address

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Washington, DC, United States (4E) – House Republicans on Tuesday warned President Barack Obama against making unilateral actions before his State of the Union Address (SOTU) and announcement of an executive order raising the minimum wage for federal contract workers.

The order raising the minimum wage of new federal contractors, including janitors and construction workers, to $10.10 from $7.25 will help no one because it does not cover current contracts, said Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) in a press conference after a Republican conference meeting.

Boehner said the move is not wise and illegal because in the Constitution, Congress writes the law and the President’s job is to execute the laws.

Rep. Lynn Jenkins (Kan.), vice chairwoman of the House Republican conference, said Obama needs to work with Congress and not around it while Rep. Steve King (Iowa) accused the President of violating the Constitution for extending the employer mandate of the Obamacare for a year contrary to the law’s provision that the mandate shall commence each month after December of 2013.

King said Congress should come up with a resolution laying out the President’s violations of the Constitution and restraining him “from his extraconstitutional behavior.”

Reacting to the order to raise the minimum wage of new federal contract workers, King said it will cost jobs.

“We have a minimum wage. Congress has set it. For the president to simply declare I’m going to change this law that Congress has passed is unconstitutional,” King said, according to

Obama is announcing the wage increase in his SOTU to stress his strategy of bypassing Congress when they are not passing legislation, referring to a bill by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) that raises the minimum wage for all workers from $7.25 to $10.10. The SOTU is focused on his plan to improve the economy and restore stability for the middle class.

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