- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 6, 2014

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, a member of the new “Full Employment Caucus” formed on Capitol Hill, described the group’s top priority this way: To get President Obama as many tailored-made executive orders for speedy signing as possible.

She said at a recent press conference reported by The Daily Mail that the caucus members will work hard to “give President Obama a number of executive orders that he can sign with pride and strength. In fact, I think that should be our number one agenda. Let’s write up these executive orders – draft them, of course – and ask the president to stand with us on full employment.”

Mr. Obama, meanwhile, has taken to executive orders to push through his policies and agendas, famously claiming in widely published reports that “I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone. And I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and administrative actions that move the ball forward,” during Jan. 14 remarks.

The other members of the new caucus: Reps. John Conyers, Maxine Waters, Charles Rangel, Frederica Wilson, Barbara Lee, Jose Serrano and Mike Quigley.

It’s not clear that the caucus’ number one goal will succeed.

House Speaker John Boehner issued scathing criticisms about Mr. Obama’s push for executive powers during a recent Capitol Hill press conference. The Daily Mail reported Mr. Boehner said: “We’re going to watch very closely because there’s a Constitution that we all take an oath to, including [Obama], and following that Constitution is the basis for our republic and we shouldn’t put that in jeopardy.”