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- September 15, 2016

This Constitution Day We're Reminded Of Clinton's Intentions To Follow In Obama's Footsteps And Abuse The Power Of The Executive Branch To Force Through Their Liberal Agenda


TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • Clinton has not been shy about her plans to bypass Congress and force through her liberal agenda on Americans, no matter how strong the opposition may be.
  • Not only does Clinton plan to build on top of Obama's executive actions, Clinton has already committed to enacting policy without getting a Congressional stamp of approval.
  • Clinton has pledged to enact strict regulations on the Second Amendment.
  • She has doubled down on Obama's executive actions that halted deportations of immigrants who have ignored our rule of law and entered the country illegally.
  • Clinton vowed to enact amnesty within her first 100 days in office, with or without Congress.
  • Clinton said she was committed to Obama's extreme energy policies that have been suspended due to questions on if the government legally has the authority to enact such regulations.
  • Rather than make America's tax code more competitive, Clinton pledged to raise taxes on American companies.
  • Clinton has endorsed many of Obama's executive actions, some that are going to cost Americans billions.

Today, September 16th, Is Constitution Day. "Celebrate Constitution Day-September 16, 2016. In September of 1787, the Founding Fathers signed the most influential document in American history: the United States Constitution. Every year, the National Constitution Center commemorates that historic day by hosting the best Constitution Day Celebration in the country!" (ConstitutionCenter.Org, Accessed 9/14/16)

CLINTON PLANS TO BYPASS CONGRESS AND ENACT HER LIBERAL POLICIES ON IMMIGRATION, GUN CONTROL, ENERGY, AND TAXES

Bloomberg Headline: "Clinton May Rely On Executive Actions More Than Obama If She Wins" (Sahil Kapur, "Clinton May Rely On Executive Actions More Than Obama If She Wins," Bloomberg, 8/31/16)

A Clinton Administration Would Be "Single-Minded…And Doesn't Appear To Be As Invested In Whether The Work Gets Done Legislatively, Through Bipartisan Negotiation…" "The Clinton America has heard about all week at the Democratic National Convention is single-minded in the pursuit of her goals - and doesn't appear to be as invested in whether the work gets done legislatively, through bipartisan negotiation, or through the executive branch." (Dara Lind, "Barack Obama Sees Executive Action As A Defeat. Hillary Clinton Sees It As A Tool," Vox, 7/28/16)

Clinton Has "Moved Beyond Uneasiness About Executive Action." "Obama's would-be successor, Hillary Clinton, has moved beyond uneasiness about executive action." (Dara Lind, "Barack Obama Sees Executive Action As A Defeat. Hillary Clinton Sees It As A Tool," Vox, 7/28/16)

A Clinton Presidency "Would Cement The Expansive Power Of The 21st-Century Presidency." "A Clinton administration, at least as we've seen it this week, would cement the expansive power of the 21st-century presidency - simply by accepting it as a legitimate alternative to bipartisanship." (Dara Lind, "Barack Obama Sees Executive Action As A Defeat. Hillary Clinton Sees It As A Tool," Vox, 7/28/16)

Vox Headline: "Hillary Clinton's Sweeping Executive Power Agenda Is Unprecedented" (Jonathan Allen, "Hillary Clinton's Sweeping Executive Power Agenda Is Unprecedented," Vox, 10/8/15)

Clinton Has "Already Indicated That She Is Willing To Take Executive Action On Issues If Republicans Do Not Work With Her." " Mrs. Clinton has already indicated that she is willing to take executive action on issues if Republicans do not work with her, like expanding background checks for gun sales and ending corporate inversions aimed at avoiding taxes." (Patrick Healy, "'President Hillary Clinton?' She Wants Progress On Immigration And To Drink With G.O.P.," The New York Times, 7/3/16)

Clinton Vowed To Use Executive Actions To Bring About Stricter Regulations On Guns

Wall Street Journal Headline: "Hillary Clinton's Gun-Control Proposals To Include Executive Action" (Laura Meckler, "Hillary Clinton's Gun-Control Proposals To Include Executive Action," The Wall Street Journal, 10/5/15)

Clinton Has Pledged That Gun Control Is At The Top Of Her To-Do List Regardless Of How Strong Opposition May Be. "Clinton's language on the campaign trail is more expansive. At a recent appearance in Hartford, Conn., she pledged that gun control would be at the top of her to-do list, no matter the strength of the opposition." (Anne Gearan and Paul Kane, "Clinton's Top Priorities: Gun Control And Immigration Reform. Could She Deliver On Either?" The Washington Post , 5/2/16)

Clinton Is Planning To Rely Upon Executive Power, Rather Than The Legislative Process To Further Limit The Second Amendment. "As a result, Clinton and her allies in and out of Congress are gradually building a legislative agenda that would focus on immigration issues in Congress while mostly relying on the executive power of the presidency to further gun restrictions that would have little chance of becoming law." (Anne Gearan and Paul Kane, "Clinton's Top Priorities: Gun Control And Immigration Reform. Could She Deliver On Either?" The Washington Post , 5/2/16)

Clinton Plans To Expand The Definition Of Who Is "In The Business" Of Selling Guns, Making The Pool Of People Regulated By Gun Control Measures Larger. "Mrs. Clinton's newest idea is to use executive authority to expand the definition of who is "in the business" of selling firearms to include any person trying to sell a significant number of guns, a Clinton aide said. 'This would ensure that high-volume gun sellers are covered by the same common-sense rules that apply to guns stores-including requiring background checks on gun sales,' the aide said." (Laura Meckler, "Hillary Clinton's Gun-Control Proposals To Include Executive Action," The Wall Street Journal, 10/5/15)

Clinton Promised To Expand Obama's Executive Order To Prevent Illegal Immigrants From Being Deported

Clinton Said She Would "Do Everything Possible Under The Law To Go Even Further" Than Obama To Defer Deportations For People In The Country Illegally If Congress Doesn't Act To Grant Them Legal Status. CLINTON: "I will fight to stop partisan attacks on the executive actions that would put DREAMers, including those with us today, at risk of deportation. And if Congress continues to refuse to act, as President, I will do everything possible under the law to go even further. There are more people, like many parents of DREAMers and others with deep ties and contributions to our communities, who deserve a chance to stay and I will fight for them. The law currently allows for sympathetic cases to be reviewed. Right now, most of these cases, have no way to get a real hearing. Therefore, we should put in place a simple, straightforward, accessible way for parents of DREAMers and others with a history of service and contribution to their communities to make their case, and to be eligible for the same deferred action as their children." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks At An Immigration Round Table, Las Vegas, NV, 5/5/15)

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Even In The Face Of The Supreme Court's Decision That Blocks The Policy, Clinton Doubled Down And "Vowed To Restore And Expand Obama's" Executive Actions. "Clinton has made revamping the country's immigration system a key plank of her presidential campaign. She has said she will introduce legislation during her first 100 days in office, vowed to restore and expand Obama's programs, close private sector detention centers and to 'take a very hard look at the deportation policies' now in force." (Lisa Lerer, "New Clinton Effort Tries To Tap The Power Of 'Dreamers,'" The Associated Press, 8/14/16)

Clinton Pledged To Enact Amnesty Within The First 100 Days In Office

Clinton Vowed To Take Executive Action If Congress Does Not Pass Immigration Reform With "A 'Full And Equal' Path To Citizenship." "Clinton said she wanted Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform with a 'full and equal' path to citizenship, but also stressed that she'll take further executive action if Congress doesn't pass a bill." (Dara Lind, "Hillary Just Took A Stunningly Aggressive Stance On Immigration Reform," Vox, 5/6/15)

Clinton Promised To Propose Comprehensive Immigration Legislation Within The First 100 Days Of Her Presidency. "Clinton also promised to propose legislation on comprehensive immigration reform within her first 100 days." (Eliza Collins, "Clinton Urges Supreme Court To Uphold Obama's Immigration Moves," Politico , 4/18/16)

Clinton's Call For Comprehensive Immigration Reform Includes A Pathway To Citizenship. "Enact comprehensive immigration reform to create a pathway to citizenship, keep families together, and enable millions of workers to come out of the shadows." ("Immigration Reform," Hillary For America, Accessed 6/22/16)

Clinton Vowed To Build On Obama's Extreme Energy Policies That Ignored Congressional Opposition

Clinton Promised To Fulfill Commitments Made In The Paris Climate Accord Without Relying On Members Of Congress Who Don't See Eye To Eye With Her On The Issue. "She's vowed to fulfill commitments made in the Paris climate accord to cut U.S. greenhouse-gas emission as much as 30 percent in 2025 (compared to 2005 levels) 'without relying on climate deniers in Congress to pass new legislation.'" (Sahil Kapur, "Clinton May Rely On Executive Actions More Than Obama If She Wins," Bloomberg, 8/31/16)

Clinton Has Vowed To "Defend And Build On" The Obama Administration's Anti-Coal Regulations. " Clinton was quick last week to praise President Obama's stricter rules on coal-fired power plants, vowing to both defend and build on them. Her stance won plaudits from environmentalists within her party, but unions, a key constituency, are concerned she has yet to say how tougher climate rules will affect coal industry jobs." (Valerie Volcovici and Amanda Becker, "Clinton Strays From Her Roots As Coal Miner's Great Granddaughter," Reuters, 8/10/15)

"Clinton Called Obama's Plan 'The Floor, Not The Ceiling,' And Said She Would Go Further." (Anne Gearan, "Hillary Clinton Promises To Build On Obama Climate Plan As President," The Washington Post , 8/2/15)

Rather Than Work With Congress, Clinton Will Work With Government Agencies To Raise Taxes

Clinton Said She Would Use Executive Action To Ask The Treasury Department To Raise Taxes By Closing Tax Loopholes. " U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said, if elected, she would use executive action to end a tax loophole for wealthy Americans, according to an interview with USA Today on Wednesday. Clinton said that if Congress did not act, she would ask the Treasury Department to use its authority to end the tax advantage, known as the carried interest loophole, which allows hedge-fund managers to pay a lower rate than other taxpayers by counting their income as investment income." (Eric Beech, "Clinton Would Use Executive Action To End Tax Loophole: USA Today," Reuters, 6/15/16)

Rather Than Make America's Tax Code More Competitive, Clinton Vowed To Crackdown On Inversions With Or Without Congress's Help. " On Wednesday, the Democratic front-runner pitched ideas to crack down on corporate inversions, maneuvers that shift companies' legal addresses outside of the U.S. to lower tax bills. If Congress won't help shut them down, she said, she would use regulations to stop companies from gaming the system." (Laura Meckler and Richard Rubin, "Hillary Clinton Talks Tough On Executive Action," The Wall Street Journal, 12/9/15)

Not Only Does Clinton Openly Discuss Bypassing Congress To Force Through Her Agenda, But She Has Endorsed Obama's Exorbitant Executive Actions That Are Projected To Cost American Taxpayers Billions

Clinton Released A Statement Praising Obama's Overtime Rule. "I applaud President Obama and Secretary of Labor Perez for these final overtime rules, which will lift up workers nationwide and help get incomes rising again for working families. Within the first year these rules are in effect, millions more workers will be eligible for overtime, finally getting paid in full for the hours they are putting in on the job." ("Hillary Clinton Statement On New Department Of Labor Overtime Rule," Hillary For America , Accessed 9/14/16)

  • A Study From The American Action Forum Estimates This Regulation Will Cost Taxpayers $115 Million. (Sam Batkins, "The Fiscal Costs Of Regulatory Overreach," American Action Forum, 9/12/16)

Clinton Said She Was Very Proud Of Obama For Taking Executive Action On Gun Control. "Clinton made sure to take some credit along the way. "I'm very proud of what the President called for this morning with his executive order," she told an energetic crowd of supporters packed into an ornate theater in Sioux City, Iowa. 'I was pleased because some of what he'd called for, I'd advocated for a couple months ago in the debates and in the campaign.' She pointed to her support for more stringent background checks, closing a variety of loopholes and her opposition to allowing anyone on the terrorism 'no-fly' list to purchase a gun." (Edward-Isaac Dovere and Sarah Wheaton, "Obama's Gun Push Helps Clinton, Politico¸1/5/16)

  • A Study From The American Action Forum Estimates This Executive Action Will Cost Taxpayers $5.5 Million. (Sam Batkins, "The Fiscal Costs Of Regulatory Overreach," American Action Forum, 9/12/16)

Clinton's Campaign Praised Obama's Executive Actions On Student Debt Saying Millions Will Benefit From The Plan. " As millions of Americans can personally attest, student debt and the high cost of college are holding too many people back. That's why President Obama acted to help millions of borrowers with direct student loans from the federal government by allowing them to cap their monthly payments at 10 percent of their income. And the Department of Education is currently changing its regulations to make a "pay as you earn" plan broadly available within the next year-which would benefit millions more. We need to do more to help students and their families afford higher education-not undo these important steps while the cost of college skyrockets." (Elizabeth Chan, "A Republican President Would Undo President Obama's Actions On Guns, Climate, And A Whole Lot More," Hillary For America , 7/17/16)

  • A Study From The American Action Forum Estimates This Executive Action Will Cost Taxpayers $15.4 Billion. (Sam Batkins, "The Fiscal Costs Of Regulatory Overreach," American Action Forum, 9/12/16)

CLINTON WILL ONLY FOLLOW IN OBAMA'S FOOTSTEPS OF EVER EXPANDING EXECUTIVE POWER

Clinton Has Said She Will Protect Obama's Executive Actions And Will Go Even Further

"Clinton Is Campaigning On Promises To Take Far-Reaching And Legally Contentious Unilateral Actions That Go Beyond The Steps Taken By President Barack Obama." "In anticipation of becoming the first Democratic president in over a century to take office without full control of Congress, Clinton is campaigning on promises to take far-reaching and legally contentious unilateral actions that go beyond the steps taken by President Barack Obama." (Sahil Kapur, "Clinton May Rely On Executive Actions More Than Obama If She Wins," Bloomberg, 8/31/16)

Clinton Vowed To Protect Obama's Executive Orders And Go Further. "Clinton has vowed to protect Obama's executive actions-including those on immigration, climate change, gun control, and LGBT rights-and go further." (Sahil Kapur, "Clinton May Rely On Executive Actions More Than Obama If She Wins," Bloomberg, 8/31/16)

But The Obama Administration's Use Of Executive Power Has Faced Congressional And Judicial Backlash

Obama's Iran Nuclear Deal Was Cleared By The U.N. Security Council, Without Consideration From Congress. " That's because Monday morning, the U.N. Security Council approved the Iran deal, without waiting for the U.S. Congress to consider it. This in spite of Corker and Cardin imploring the president to wait for their process to take place. In a letter to the president last week, they quoted Obama's own words back to him, arguing that the U.N. reviewing the agreement before the Congress 'would be contrary to your statement that 'it's important for the American people and Congress to get a full opportunity to review this deal ... our national security policies are stronger and more effective when they are subject to the scrutiny and transparency that democracy demands.''" (Christopher Hull, "Nuke The Deal," U.S. News & World Report , 7/22/15)

  • Republicans And Democrats, Including Some Of Obama's Strongest Supporters, Demanded Congress Have A Role In The International Negotiations. "An unusual alliance of Republican opponents of the nuclear deal and some of Mr. Obama's strongest Democratic supporters demanded a congressional role as international negotiators work to turn this month's nuclear framework into a final deal by June 30. White House officials insisted they extracted crucial last-minute concessions. Republicans - and many Democrats - said the president simply got overrun." (Jonathan Weisman and Peter Baker, "Obama Yields, Allowing Congress Say On Iran Nuclear Deal,"The New York Times, 4/14/15)

In 2012, Obama Bypassed The Senate And Made "Politically Sensitive" Recess Appointments To The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau And The NLRB. "Obama has not exercised his recess appointment power since he named the three individuals to the labor panel and Richard Cordray to head the newly-created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in 2012…The case before the court was brought by a Pepsi bottler in Washington state, Noel Canning, and addressed the constitutionality of Obama's decision to bypass the Senate by making politically sensitive recess appointments of three individuals to the NLRB and another to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau." (Josh Gerstein, "SCOTUS Strikes Appointments," Politico, 6/26/14)

  • The Supreme Court Ruled That Obama Exceed His Constitutional Authority By Making The Appointments While The Senate Was Not In Session. "The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday that President Obama exceeded his constitutional authority in making high-level government appointments in 2012 when he declared the Senate to be in recess and unable to act on the nominations. Obama made appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) at a time when the Senate was holding pro forma sessions every three days precisely to thwart the president's ability to exercise the power." (Robert Barnes, "Supreme Court Rebukes Obama On Recess Appointments," The Washington Post , 6/26/14)

In 2014, Obama Used Executive Authority To Unilaterally Decide To Subsidize Deductibles, Co-Pays And Other 'Cost-Sharing' Measures After Congress Rejected The Administration's Request For Funding. "A federal judge struck down a portion of President Obama's signature Affordable Care Act health law Thursday, ruling that Obama exceeded his authority in unilaterally funding a provision that sent billions of dollars in subsidies to health insurers…The House GOP argued that the administration's decision to subsidize deductibles, co-pays and other "cost-sharing" measures was unconstitutional because Congress rejected an administration request for funding in 2014. Obama officials said they withdrew the request and spent the money, arguing that the subsidies were covered by an earlier, permanent appropriation." (Spencer S. Hsu, Greg Jaffe and Lena H. Sun, "Judge Strikes Down Obama Health Law Insurance Subsidy In Victory For House GOP," The Washington Post , 5/12/16)

  • A Federal Judge Ruled That Obama "Exceeded His Authority In Unilaterally Funding A Provision That Sent Billions Of Dollars In Subsidies To Health Insurers" Through Obamacare. "A federal judge struck down a portion of President Obama's signature Affordable Care Act health law Thursday, ruling that Obama exceeded his authority in unilaterally funding a provision that sent billions of dollars in subsidies to health insurers…Her decision sided with the U.S. House of Representatives, which brought the lawsuit challenging more than $175 billion of spending after a party-line vote by House Republicans in July 2014. The House GOP argued that the administration's decision to subsidize deductibles, co-pays and other 'cost-sharing' measures was unconstitutional because Congress rejected an administration request for funding in 2014." (Spencer S. Hsu, Greg Jaffe and Lena H. Sun, "Judge Strikes Down Obama Health Law Insurance Subsidy In Victory For House GOP," The Washington Post , 5/12/16)

Obama, Through Executive Action, Expanded The Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA) And Created The Deferred Action For Parents Of Americans And Lawful Permanent Residents Program (DAPA). "At issue in United States v. Texas were Obama's 2014 expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) that was unveiled in 2012 and the creation of the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA). The case was argued before the high court in April. The DACA expansion would defer deportations for people who entered the U.S. as children before January 1, 2010. The current cutoff is June 15, 2007. The DAPA portion would be new and would defer deportations for the undocumented parents of U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents who have been in the U.S. for at least five years." (Jon Elswick, "Supreme Court ties In Case Challenging Obama's Immigration Actions," CBS News, 7/23/16)

  • In June, The Supreme Court Blocked Obama's DACA Expansion And DAPA Executive Orders That Would Have Prevented An Estimated 4 Million Illegal Immigrants From Being Deported. "The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday blocked President Barack Obama's plan to spare millions of immigrants in the country illegally from deportation in a split ruling that heartened political foes who had accused him of overstepping his powers… The plan was tailored to let roughly 4 million people - those who have lived illegally in the United States at least since 2010, have no criminal record and have children who are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents - get into a program that shields them from deportation and supplies work permits." (Lawrence Hurley, "Split Supreme Court Blocks Obama Immigration Plan," Reuters, 6/24/16)

In 2015, Obama Announced The Clean Power Plan, Which Would Enact Large Reductions In Greenhouse Gases At The Expense Of Coal Power Plants. "The Obama administration unveiled a major climate change plan on Sunday aimed at a large reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from the nation's coal-burning power plants. On Monday, President Barack Obama started selling it to the public at a White House event… The 'Clean Power Plan' is the final version of regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency, which President Barack Obama called 'the biggest most important step we've ever taken to combat climate change,' in a video released by the White House on social media Saturday night." (Allie Malloy and Sunlen Serfaty, "Obama Unveilis Major Climate Change Proposal," CNN, 8/3/15)

  • In February, The Supreme Court Suspended The Implementation Of The Regulations, Suggesting "That A Majority Of The Court Has Concerns About The EPA's Authority To Impose" The Regulations. "Tuesday evening, the U.S. Supreme Court granted a stay, halting implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan pending the resolution of legal challenges to the program in court… The decision also suggests that a majority of the court has concerns about the EPA's authority to impose the CPP under the Clean Air Act. " (Jonathan H. Adler, "Supreme Court Puts The Brakes On The EPA's Clean Power Plan," The Washington Post , 2/9/16)

CLINTON HAS SAID SHE'LL WORK WITH CONGRESS AND REPUBLICANS, BUT IT'S JUST AN EMPTY CAMPAIGN PROMISE

Clinton Has Tried To Make The Case That She Will Get More Done With Congress Than Other Democrats, Including Obama. "Hillary Clinton is making the case that she'll be able to get more done with Congress than her rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination - and President Obama, for that matter. Clinton's argument is that she has long relationships with many lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, as well as the policy knowledge, political sense and leadership skills to pass legislation." (Amie Parnes and Alexander Bolton, "Hillary Says She'll Work Across The Aisle - And Some Republicans Agree,"The Hill, 9/30/15)

Clinton Portrays Herself "As Someone Who Would Work Across The Aisle As President To Get Things Done…" "Clinton portrayed herself as someone who would work across the aisle as president to get things done, citing her efforts as first lady to create the State Children's Health Insurance Program, which she said was accomplished with the help of Republicans. 'We need to make Washington work much better,' Clinton said." (John Wagner and Kelsey Snell, "Clinton Touts Economic Record, Courts Sanders Backers In N.C.," The Washington Post , 6/22/16)

Clinton Frequently Says On The Campaign Trail That She Prefers Finding Common Ground With Republicans Rather Than Partisan Gamesmanship. "A point Hillary Clinton regularly hammers home on the campaign trail is that after congressional Republicans nixed the health care overhaul she promoted as first lady, she worked with them to craft a children's health insurance plan that became law. The Democratic presidential candidate argues that finding common ground was preferable to partisan gamesmanship - an approach she vows to bring to the Oval Office if she can defeat GOP nominee Donald Trump." (John T. Bennett, "Clinton's Agenda Will Rely On Help From The Middle," Roll Call, 8/19/16)

Clinton: "Whatever It Takes To Reach Out To Anybody, Anytime, Anywhere In Pursuit Of Common Ground On Issues I Think Are Important For The Country…" "If elected president, Hillary Clinton said she would work across the aisle with Republican colleagues in Congress, pledging in an interview with New Hampshire's Concord Monitor on Monday that she would do 'whatever it takes to reach out to anybody, anytime, anywhere in pursuit of common ground on issues that I think are important for the country - but I will also stand my ground.'" (Nick Gass, "Hillary Clinton: 'I Worked Well' With Lindsey Graham And John McCain," Politico, 6/16/15)


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