Of course Jackson Lee has no idea (although she would never admit it) if Obama could even issue an executive order to pass a tax-cut bill. During today press conference White House spokesman Jay Carney said he couldn’t even if he wanted to, that House approval was needed. The limitations on EO’s are kind of vague from what I know.
(The Hill) — 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.”
Boehner has called on Obama to bring the Senate back to appoint negotiators so that the House and Senate can pass a one-year bill.