Rep. Jackson Lee: Obama Should Use Executive Power to Extend Payroll Tax Cut

Alicia M. Cohn, The Hill, December 20, 2011

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) said Tuesday that President Obama “absolutely” should use his executive power to continue the unemployment benefits and payroll tax cut extension and said she hoped to discuss the option with the White House later in the day.

“It is extraordinary, don’t get me wrong. But I’m feeling the pain of the constituents I left [at] home,” Jackson Lee said, speaking on the progressive Ed Schultz’s radio show. “I consider this a crisis. I consider leaving Americans without unemployment insurance for January and February a crime. I consider not extending the payroll tax cut . . . a crime.”

Jackson Lee slammed the move by House Republicans to call for a House-Senate conference as a “ridiculous procedural calamity.”

House Republicans called for a vote on the motion Tuesday, which passed without any Democrat votes.

“This is what got thrown in our face, not even the right to regular order,” Jackson Lee said, blasting House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) for not bringing to a House vote a Senate-passed bill that would have extended the payroll tax cut for two months.



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  • Dave

    Pain, Crisis, Crime, and calamity?Sheila Lee (I don’t use hyphenated names)you are the reason that white folks believe black folks have little excuse for existence! It is embarrassing to hear your words. You have no credibility – your words are as empty as a dumpster with a rusted bottom! The garbage has fallen out but the stench is still there!

  • johnny from N. Alberta

    II did not even need to read the story, but being a Canadian whome is fasinated with politics, even I know that the pres does not have a constitusional right to do this. I hope the people whome I consider my cousins down south remind him of this. If this action is tolerated, next will be taking your life away.

    A new bumper sticker for obama he should use for your coming election. -“HOPE for CHANGE”, obama 2012


  • Anonymous

    “What a pesky thing the Constitution is”

    The late Joe Sobran, a presenter at the inaugural AR Conference in 1994, used to exclaim that the Constitution is no barrier to the government that has evolved. The unrestrained one-person, one-vote, whole-hog “democrazy’ we have now is alien to our traditions. It stands in glaring contrast to the representative democracy/ leadership-restrained/ democracy out Founders gave us. Such media-fed “mobocracy” as now degrades us is not our

    ally. It may be that the exercise of executive power will be required in a somewhat emergency way to get the nation out of the ditch? All the more reason to have someone in the Oval Office who comprehends the dire necessities of our time–i.e., is not in a leftie-trance.

  • June Warren

    Robert Mugube of Zimbabwe rules by decree, so why shouldn’t Obama. After all he only wants to do what Mugube does, stick it to the whites.

  • Anonymous

    Remember the speech in front of Mexicans, where obama talked about how “tempted” he was to ignore congress and rule on his own? (I think it was “you don’t know how tempted I am” or some such.) You know, growing up in (formative years; don’t tell me about Hawaii)a muslim country, he doesn’t have a real American’s understanding of the Constitution.