WASHINGTON: ‘ GOP want talks direct with Obama over Budget ‘

#AceNewsReport – Sept.22: Republicans want President Obama as a negotiating partner when it comes to budget talks, something Democrats are determined to avoid.

With a little more than a week to prevent a government shutdown, the GOP thinks the talks should be between them and Obama since they now have control of the House and Senate.

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Washington: ‘ Jeb Bush stumbles over question of Iraq War – not anymore ‘

#AceNewsReport – Aug.12: Last spring, Jeb Bush stumbled over a question about the Iraq war and the presidency of his brother, George W. He wasn’t stumbling Tuesday.
In a contentious speech at the Reagan Library, he blamed the decline of Iraq and the rise of Islamic State terrorists on President Obama and Hillary Clinton.
His pledge: Use U.S. military might more aggressively.

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WASHINGTON McConnell: ‘ Obama negotiating massive #TP Trade Agreement not to target Tobacco growers – setting precedent’

#AceNewsReport – WASHINGTON:July.31: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is warning U.S. officials negotiating a massive trans-Pacific trade agreement for President Obama not to target tobacco growers in a final deal.

In a letter to Obama’s top trade representative, McConnell said singling out the tobacco industry would set a dangerous precedent for future trade deals.

The missive from McConnell suggests that congressional approval for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal with 11 other countries that is the central goal of Obama’s trade policy, could be jeopardized by the tobacco language.

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WASHINGTON: ‘ Obama Tests Democrats Loyalty over Iran Deal ‘

#AceNewsReport – WASHINGTON:July.19: President Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran is the latest test of the Democrats’ loyalty toward their ally in the White House.

Off a contentious trade debate that highlighted Democratic divisions and infuriated Obama’s liberal base, even the Democrats most critical of the Iran deal are walking a fine line.

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@usatoday Obama Commutes 46-Life-Sentences for Drug Offenders @AceBreakingNews

#AceBreakingNews – WASHINGTON:July.13: President Obama has granted clemency to 46 men and women whose “sentences didn’t fit their crimes,” the White House announced Monday.

“Nearly all of these individuals would have already served their time and returned to society if they were convicted of the exact same crime today,” said an announcement on the White House Facebook page.

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USA: ‘ FIVE GUANTANAMO PRISONERS TRANSFERRED TO KAZAKHSTAN ‘

#AceWorldNews – CUBA:Dec.31 – Two Tunisian and three Yemeni detainees were transferred from the US-run prison at Guantanamo Bay to Kazakhstan, AFP reported, citing a Pentagon statement.

The move is part of President Barack Obama’s effort to close the controversial military jail.

It was set up to detain terror suspects after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

The transfer of the five detainees leaves 127 inmates still held at the prison, located at a US naval base in south-east Cuba.

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FRONTLINE: ‘ WHITE HOUSE PRESIDENT OBAMA’S THE RISE OF ISIS AIRS TONIGHT ‘

#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON – October 28 – President Obama’s former ambassador to Iraq says in a new interview that his administration “did almost nothing” in response to intelligence warnings earlier this year that Islamic State radicals were gaining ground in Iraq and threatening the country’s stability.

' Obama White House 'The Rise of ISIS,' says 'Frontline' documentary '

‘ Obama White House ‘The Rise of ISIS,’ says ‘Frontline’ documentary ‘

“The administration not only was warned by everybody back in January, it actually announced that it was going to intensify support against ISIS with the Iraqi armed forces.

And it did almost nothing,” says James Jeffrey, who served as U.S. ambassador to Iraq between 2010 and 2012, in “Frontline’s” “The Rise of ISIS,” which airs on PBS Tuesday night (check local listings) and is previewed here exclusively on Yahoo News.

Jeffrey is one of a number of ex-administration officials who appear in the film and sharply criticize the decisions of the president they once served. Former U.S. Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford and former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta both take issue with Obama’s refusal to arm moderate rebels in Syria who — it is now argued — could have acted as a counterweight to the Islamic State (also called ISIS or ISIL).

“I think we made the wrong decision in not providing assistance to the rebels,” Panetta bluntly says at one point.

The film, reported by correspondent Martin Smith, offers a richly detailed account of how the Iraqi government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki alienated the country’s disenfranchised Sunni population, making reckless accusations of terrorism against Sunni leaders — including the country’s Vice Prime Minister Tariq al-Hashimi. Those allegations flatly denied by al-Hashimi on camera — were based on the testimony of bodyguards who, it is strongly suggested, were tortured.

With little pressure or engagement from Washington, al-Maliki’s anti-Sunni agenda driven by his  “paranoia,” as one of Smith’s interlocutors says — paved the way for ISIS radicals to march through huge swaths of Iraqi territory this spring, seizing arsenals of U.S.-made weapons from a collapsing Iraqi army. This, of course, was the same army that the U.S. spent billions arming and training. In fact, terrorism expert Ken Katzman suggests in the film, they were a phantom led by do-nothing officers.

“They were people who were they were fat cats, I call them,” Katzman, a Congressional Research Service terrorism analyst, says in the film. “They were people who were earning good money to basically sit at a desk and smoke cigarettes and drink good liquor all day.”

In the end, Smith reports, it took only 800 ISIS militants, with the help of local Ba’athist military cadres, to secure Mosul, a city of 1.8 million people.

Ben Rhodes, President Obama’s chief national security spokesman, does his best to defend the administration record and at one point appears to blame Congress for holding up administration requests to step up arms supplies to the Iraqi Army.

“If you go back and you look at the record of what we were providing to the Iraqis, there was a steady increase, whether you’re talking about Hellfire missiles, the Apaches,” says Rhodes. “They were held up by Congress; we sought the expedition of that delivery to the Iraqis.”

Perhaps the most striking exchange in the film comes as Smith presses Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on whether the administration’s current policy of airstrikes at Islamic State targets will achieve Obama’s goal of “destroying” the Islamic State — without deploying U.S. ground troops.

Are you an optimist at this point, that this really can work?” Smith asks him.

“No, I’m not an optimist,” says Dempsey in a less-than-confidence-building response. While the  campaign’s strategy may be right, “every campaign’s assumptions have to be revisited as the campaign evolves. Some of these assumptions are no doubt going to be challenged.”

Smith’s film suggests this may end up meaning U.S. ground troops get involved — exactly what President Obama says he is determined to avoid but may ultimately have no choice but to accept.

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WASHINGTON: ‘DEMOCRATS PRAYING IN THEIR FIGHT AGAINST THE REPUBLICANS ‘

#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES (Washington) – October 19 – Party leaders have invested heavily in their field operations to try and break the historical trend of the party in control of the White House losing seats.

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‘DEMOCRATS PRAYING IN THEIR FIGHT AGAINST THE REPUBLICANS ‘

With polls giving Republicans the edge in voter enthusiasm, and President Obama’s approval ratings in the tank, Democrats are hoping a robust get-out-the vote operation will preserve their fragile Senate majority and stave off double-digit losses in the House.

“The big meta-question out of all of this is can the Democrats use voter mobilization to overcome the inherent difficulties they have in midterm elections?” said University of Florida Professor Michael McDonald, who runs the United States Elections Project.

High turnout might be Democrats’ only hope, with recent polls showing Democrats trailing slightly in the states that will determine the Senate majority: Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa and Louisiana.

Republicans need to win a net of six Senate seats to seize control of the upper chamber, and most election models give them the edge.

Republicans are also targeting a number of swing House districts carried narrowly by Obama that have leaned Republican in non-presidential years.

Democrats argue they’ll outperform the polls by at least one to two points in a number of races by turning out voters who typically stay home in midterm years.

Every time one of their candidates has fallen behind in public polls, Democratic strategists have pointed to the ground game as the difference-maker.

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WASHINGTON: ‘ PRESIDENT OBAMA’S FIRST CAMPAIGN APPEARANCE WILL BE IN MARYLAND ‘

#AceBreakingNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – October 19 – President Obama will make the first public campaign appearance of the 2014 cycle Sunday in Maryland — just 16 days before voters head to the polls.

But the event — like almost every rally on the president’s schedule over the next two weeks — will be for the state’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Anthony Brown.

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‘ Black Politics And Civil Rights ‘

#AceGuestNews (Exclusive) – October 01 – The photos I submitted of President Obama during his days as a student at Harvard University are not in the public domain therefore my publisher recommended that I rely on their library of photos in the public domain.

' Black Politics 2 By Gary James '

‘ Black Politics 2 By Gary James ‘

I am well pleased with their recommendations and I picked this one.

The book will be released in print and e-book formats shortly, in the meantime the manuscript is accessible at: Black Politics 2

You may find the video interview that was produced by the school of journalism students at Columbia University regarding our support for Senator Barack Obama for president in 2008 interesting.

Extract: 

Among the legacies that embody the tumultuous and victorious 1960’s, the civil rights movement by way of the enactment of the Civil Rights and Voting Rights legislation of 1964 and 1965 respectively constitutes the centre piece. This dynamic period in the context of social and political civil rights advances is generally portrayed in romantic terms that are woven into revisionist historical narratives that often overlook or override essential political truths and the political facts on the ground. In the balance, politically correct sound-bites and popular hyperbole pervades the political discourse.

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‘ Congress Grants Obama $1 Trillion to Battle Islamic State ‘

#AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – The Senate on Thursday approved a $1 trillion government-funding bill that gives President Obama new authority to battle the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

Lawmakers voted 78-22 in favour of the bill.

The handful of no votes included several senators seen as prospective presidential candidates in both parties, including Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).

By Rebecca Shabad and Ramsey Cox

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WASHINGTON: ‘ President Obama Rules Out Use of Ground Troops Against Islamic Terrorists ‘

#AceBreakingNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – September 17 – President Obama repeatedly emphasized he will not use ground troops against Islamic terrorists, seeking to shore up support from Democrats ahead of a key vote Wednesday authorizing the Pentagon to train rebel fighters in the region.

I will not commit you, and the rest of our Armed Forces, to fighting another ground war in Iraq,” Obama declared flatly during an appearance at MacDill Air Force Base, which houses the U.S. Central Command.

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WASHINGTON: ‘ Military Policy Helped by Recent Spate of Beheading Videos ‘

#AceNewsServices (Opinion) – UNITED STATES (Washington) – September 16 – They say that all news is good news and nothing could be closer to the truth, than when an event takes us to the edge of the barbarity, as have video’s of the latest beheading’s.

Then rather than consider either the consequences for the world, US people, or the loved ones and family left behind.

These events galvanize peoples public opinion behind Washington’s military policy, a useful ploy if you are considering re-election, by getting the public to agree your military strategy. So if or when a full scale war takes place and many get killed the Obama administration are not culpable.       

In this exclusive report by Paul J Watson of Prison Planet he explores, the use of propaganda:

A New York Times report concerning Barack Obama’s military policy towards Islamic State paraphrases the President as acknowledging the fact that the recent spate of ISIS beheading videos has helped the White House galvanize public opinion behind Washington’s policy in the middle east.

The article, Paths to War, Then and Now, Haunt Obama, explains how the President, “noted that gruesome videos released by ISIS had helped galvanize public support for action.”

Obama’s comments are attributed to “10 people who spoke with him in the days leading up to his speech Wednesday night” who quoted “his private remarks” to the NY Times’ Peter Baker.

According to the piece, Obama remarked that it would have made more sense for ISIS to release three beheaded hostages, adding that, “ISIS had made a major strategic error by killing them because the anger it generated resulted in the American public’s quickly backing military action.”

The comments beg the question – if the alleged ISIS beheading videos only serve to bolster Washington’s agenda in the region, why is the terrorist group repeatedly releasing propaganda that actually harms their crusade to establish an Islamic caliphate?

Prominent British experts who analyzed the James Foley beheading video noted that it was probably “staged” by means of “camera trickery and slick post-production techniques,” adding that Foley may have actually been killed off camera.

As we have pointed out, ISIS’ brutal reputation for slaughtering thousands of innocents is seemingly inconsistent with the fact that the three beheading videos do not show any actual beheading, a strange characteristic given that the group is by no means squeamish about publicizing its barbarity.

In the most recent video which features British hostage David Haines, the alleged ISIS executioner even bemoans the fact that Washington is arming Kurdish Peshmerga fighters. Again this only seems to legitimize Obama’s newly announced plan to send weapons to so-called “moderate” Syrian rebels despite clear evidence that FSA militants are defecting to and providing arms to ISIS.

Despite obvious sensitivities surrounding the beheading videos and the suffering of the victim’s family members, it would be naive not to ask questions about such propaganda given the fact that the videos clearly only serve to benefit Washington’s previously unpopular efforts to grease the skids for military intervention in Syria.

The attempt to exploit last year’s chemical weapons attack in Ghouta, which at the time was blamed on the Syrian government but later appeared to have been the work of Syrian rebels, reminds us that no matter how convincing and potent it seems in the moment, war propaganda all too often contrived to deceive populations into rallying behind conflicts that they otherwise would have vehemently opposed.

By PAUL JOSEPH WATSON | SEPTEMBER 15, 2014

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UNITED STATES: ‘ Failure to Investigate Saudi Arabia’s Connection to 911 Led to Rise of ISIS ‘

#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES – September 15 – Failure by the US to investigate Saudi Arabia’s connection to the 9/11 attacks is among the factors that led to the rise of ISIS, Bob Graham, a former senator and co-chairman of the official inquiry into 9/11, told The Independent in an interview.

Former Senator Bob Graham.(AFP Photo / Saul Loeb )

Former Senator Bob Graham.(AFP Photo / Saul Loeb )

Graham has expressed doubts about the US’s reliance on Saudi Arabia as an ally in fight against Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL). Earlier this week President Obama announced a plan, according to which Saudi Arabia is supposed to provide training for moderate Syrian rebels, who are expected to fight both the ISIS and Assad’s forces.

No safe haven’: Obama declares airstrikes on Islamic State ‘wherever it exists’

The former senator said it was not the best decision to rely on the country which has often been accused of sponsoring the most extreme elements among the Sunni.”

The US appears to have a history of turning a blind eye to the disputable activities of its long-time ally. Graham, who was in the Senate for 18 years and chaired the Senate Intelligence Committee for more than a year following 9/11, questions the way US intelligence treated the Saudis after the attack on the Twin Towers.

Despite the fact that 15 out of 19 of the hijackers were Saudis, some 144 of their compatriots mostly from the Saudi aristocracy, were able to return home to Saudi Arabia within days of the attack without being questioned by the FBI.

There were several incidents [in which US officials] were inexplicably solicitous to Saudis,” Senator Graham recalls.

I believe that the failure to shine a full light on Saudi actions and particularly its involvement in 9/11 has contributed to the Saudi ability to continue to engage in actions that are damaging to the US – and in particular their support for ISIS,” he says.

US allies cultivated Islamic State. Now IS plans to ‘raise flag of Allah in White House’

Some light on the Saudi role in the 9/11 tragedy could be shed if the 28 redacted pages from the inquiry were made public. Graham has been campaigning for that.

Obama promised to release the censored documents during his first presidential campaign, but haven’t yet delivered on the promise.

Graham speaks of close personal ties between the Bush family and the Saudi Arabia rulers. But why thepolicy of covering up Saudi involvement [in 9/11] persisted under the Obama administration” is something he fails to understand.

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‘ US Imposing New Sanctions on Russia Joining EU Targeted at Defence, Financial and Energy ‘

#AceBreakingNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – September 11 – The United States will impose a new round of sanctions on Russia on Friday, joining the European Union in ramping up pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin over the Russian presence in Ukraine.

President Obama said the broadened sanctions will target Russia’s financial, energy, and defence sectors.

“These measures will increase Russia’s political isolation as well as the economic costs to Russia, especially in areas of importance to President Putin and those close to him,” Obama said in a statement released by the White House Press Office.

“As I said last week, if Russia fully implements its commitments, these sanctions can be rolled back. If, instead, Russia continues its aggressive actions and violations of international law, the costs will continue to rise.”

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WHITE HOUSE: ‘ Statement by President Obama’s Approves Air-Strikes in Syria ‘

#AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – September 11 – President Obama on Wednesday ordered a sharp escalation of the U.S. military campaign against the Islamic State, authorizing U.S. air-strikes in Syria along with expanded air-strikes in Iraq as he vowed to wipe out the group’s terrorists “wherever they exist.”

Our objective is clear: we will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy,” Obama said during a prime-time address to the nation.

The president’s address, just 15 minutes long, effectively completed a dramatic turnaround from the administration’s approach to the Islamic State just a few months ago, when the president downplayed the group’s advances through northern Iraq. Now, he is outlining a “comprehensive” strategy for targeting the organization in Iraq and Syria, including by potentially aiding moderate factions of the Syrian opposition.

Republicans who have urged a tougher approach voiced some relief that Obama appeared to be backing off “earlier dismissals” of the group’s fighting prowess. “He has finally begun to make the case the nation has needed him to make for quite some time: that destroying this terrorist threat requires decisive action and must be the highest priority for the United States and other nations of the free world,” House Speaker John Boehner said in a statement.

Boehner, though, cautioned that a “speech” is not a “strategy” and raised concerns that Obama is still treating this as an “isolated counterterrorism campaign.”

The president nevertheless made clear he is expanding the military campaign, and said the U.S. will lead a “broad coalition” against ISIS.

Until now, U.S. airstrikes have been limited to specific missions in northern Iraq. But Obama said Wednesday he is expanding those efforts “beyond protecting our own people and humanitarian missions, so that we’re hitting ISIL targets as Iraqi forces go on offense.”

In a nod to his plans to go into Syria, Obama said: “I have made it clear that we will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are. That means I will not hesitate to take action against ISIL in Syria, as well as Iraq.”

Senior administration officials, on a conference call before the speech, said the president has authorized those airstrikes, and the military “will take action on the Syrian side” of the border.

The administration is not giving a timeframe for when the expanded air-strikes will begin. But senior administration officials said the militants operate freely across both sides of the Iraq-Syria border, and the U.S. cannot be restrained by that border in going after the organization.

Obama also announced Wednesday that another 475 service members will deploy to Iraq.

The president, who campaigned on ending the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, stressed Wednesday that this military effort will be different from those protracted conflicts and will not involve U.S. combat troops on the ground.

But, after weeks of mixed signals from the administration over how deeply it would commit to combating the Islamic State, or ISIS, the president set a goal Wednesday of eradicating the group.

This counter-terrorism campaign will be waged through a steady, relentless effort to take out ISIL wherever they exist using our air power and our support for partner forces on the ground,” Obama said. In making the case, he cited the threat of Americans and other foreign fighters in the region returning to their home countries to “carry out deadly attacks.”

The president’s approach also involves a renewed call to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels. The president asked Congress to authorize this sort of program earlier this year, but the plan has not garnered support on Capitol Hill. He called in his address again for Congress to authorize and fund a mission to “train and equip these fighters.”

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WASHINGTON: ‘ President Obama Increased Military Pressure in Iraq Running Greater Risk’s ‘

#AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – September 11 – By expanding military pressure on the Islamic State, President Obama is now running risks he had long hoped to avoid when he withdrew U.S. forces from Iraq.

His strategy to counter the militant Islamic faction has been marked by a core principle that military action should not race ahead of politics and diplomacy. It has led to a more incremental approach criticized by some as overly cautious while supporters describe it as methodical and systematic.

The White House believes that progress in putting together an international coalition to battle the insurgents and building an inclusive Iraqi government has allowed the United States now to ratchet up military pressure on the militants.

With that diplomacy now bearing fruit, Obama said, “I can announce that America will lead a broad coalition to roll back this terrorist threat.”

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' Senior White House Advisers Taking Serious Possible Impeachment of President Obama '

#AceBreakingNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – July 25 – Senior White House advisor’s are taking very seriously the possibility that Republicans in Congress will try to impeach President Obama, especially if he takes executive action to slow deportations.

Dan Pfeiffer, a senior advisor to Obama, said Friday that White House is taking the prospect of impeachment in the GOP-controlled House more seriously than many others in Washington, who see it as unlikely.

Pfeiffer noted that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who has a large following among Tea Party conservatives, has called for Obama’s impeachment and a large block of the GOP’s base favours it.

By Alexander Bolton @ The Hill

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' Barack Obama Asks Congress for $500 Million to Train and Arm Opposition Forces in Syria '

#AceBreakingNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – June 26 – President Obama asked Congress Thursday for $500 million to train and arm members of opposition forces in Syria, part of an effort to stem insurgent violence that has spilled over into neighbouring Iraq.

The proposed assistance can "help defend the Syrian people, stabilize areas under opposition control and facilitate the provision of essential services, counter terrorist threats, and promote conditions for a negotiated settlement," the administration said in a report to Congress.

Recipients of the money — opponents of the Syrian government headed by Bashar al-Assad — will be vetted to make sure they are not members of terrorist groups, according to the formal request Obama submitted to Congress.

"This funding request would build on the administration’s long-standing efforts to empower the moderate Syrian opposition, both civilian and armed, and will enable the Department of Defence to increase our support to vetted elements of the armed opposition," said Caitlin Hayden, a spokeswoman for the National Security Council.

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Watch Trey Gowdy’s Powerful Speech in Congress That Could Be a Defining Moment for America

No wonder Mr Gowdy got a standing ovation. I believe what he said will make him a target now, why? Because the spoke the truth. I like this guy. As I said before I don’t look left or right or wish red or blue (Even here in Scotland) I am for people, I am for fairness. What Mr Gowdy says here is make some waves of truth and I say well done Sir!

South Carolina Representative Trey Gowdy has said some amazing things during his time in Congress that has gotten the attention of America. Using his prosecutorial skills, a deep respect and understanding of how law and government works, and a sardonic wit, Gowdy is unafraid to call things as he sees them. One of his more memorable moments came on the House floor as he sought support for his ENFORCE the Law act, a bill that would give Congress standing to sue an overreaching Executive branch that has taken lawlessness to an “unprecedented level”. Unfortunately, President Obama has said he will veto the bill if it ever reaches his desk. However, we should take a moment to reflect and hear Gowdy explain precisely why we even need such a law.

“I want us to talk as colleagues, because our foundational documents gave us, as the House, unique powers and responsibilities. We run every two years because they intended for us to be closest to the people. The President was given different duties and powers. The President was given the duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed. So my question is what does that mean to you, that the laws be faithfully executed? We know the President can veto a bill for any reason or no reason. We know the President can refuse to defend the Constitutionality of a statute, even one he has signed into law. We know the President can issue pardons for violations of the very laws that we pass. And we know the President has prosecutorial discretion , as evidenced and used through his US attorneys. That is a lot of power. What are we to do when this President, or any President, decides to selectively enforce a portion of a law and ignore other portions of that law?

What do we do when, regardless of motivation, a President nullifies our vote by failing to faithfully execute the law? How do we explain waivers and exemptions and delays in a bill passed by Congress and affirmed by the US Supreme Court? Why pursue immigration reform when Presidents can turn off the very provisions we pass? In the oath that brand new citizens take, it contains six different references to the law. If it’s good enough for us to ask brand new citizens to affirm their devotion to the law, is it too much to ask that the President do the same?

If a President can change some laws, can he change all laws? Can he change election laws? Can he change discrimination laws? Are there any laws, under your theory, that he actually has to enforce? What is our recourse, what is our remedy? Some would argue that the framers gave us the power of the purse and the power of impeachment, but those are punishments and not remedies. What is the remedy if we want the Executive to enforce our work? This bill simply gives us standing if our votes are nullified. This bill allows us to petition the Judicial branch for an order requiring the Executive branch to faithfully execute the law. We are not held in high public esteem right now. Maybe members of Congress would be respected more if we respected ourselves enough to require that when we pass something it be treated as law.

The House of Representatives does not exist to pass suggestions. We do not exist to pass ideas. We make law, and while you are free to stand and clap when any President comes in to this hallowed chamber and promises to do it, with or without you, I will never stand and clap when any President, no matter whether he’s your party or mine, promises to make us a Constitutional anomaly and an afterthought. We make law!

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