President Obama is weighing a series of executive actions that provide him an end-run around Congress as he prepares to spend his second term making some domestic policy unilaterally using the powers of his office, according to the Washington Post.
That is, the powers he believes he has.
Among the executive actions currently being contemplated are moves to boost housing, make buildings more energy efficient, bolster gay rights, and issue new environmental rules.
Obama weighing executive actions on housing, gays and other issues
The moves underscore Obama’s increasingly aggressive use of executive authority, including 23 administrative actions on gun violence last month and previous orders that delayed deportations of young illegal immigrants and will lower student loan payments.
These and other potential actions suggest that Obama is likely to rely heavily on executive powers to set domestic policy in his second term. One White House official said that while the president does not see the actions as substitutes for more substantial legislation, he also wants to move forward on top priorities.
But the approach risks angering Republican lawmakers in Congress, who say they are leery of granting the executive branch too much power and have already clashed with Obama over the issue. In a ruling last month, a federal appeals court said Obama exceeded his constitutional powers in naming several people to the National Labor Relations Board while the Senate was on a break.