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Kander Attacks Obama for ‘Overreach’ on Executive Orders

He says the president is “too dependent” on them to get around Republicans in Congress.

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Lisa Hagen
June 12, 2015, 7:15 a.m.

In a speech at the St. Louis Cham­ber of Com­merce Thursday, Mis­souri Sec­ret­ary of State Jason Kander (D) slammed Pres­id­ent Obama’s use of ex­ec­ut­ive or­ders as an “over­reach” and said the “White House was too de­pend­ent “¦ on us­ing ex­ec­ut­ive or­ders and rule changes to cir­cum­vent the Re­pub­lic­ans who con­trol Con­gress.”

Kander: “The ad­min­is­tra­tion ob­vi­ously feels that they can’t get things done in Con­gress, so they’re try­ing to do more on their own. And the is­sue that I see with that is that it cre­ates un­pre­dict­ab­il­ity.”

“Kander even tar­geted the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s ef­forts to use ex­ec­ut­ive ac­tion to im­ple­ment im­mig­ra­tion changes that have yet to pass Con­gress. Kander said he agreed with some of the pro­posed im­mig­ra­tion changes, but he ob­jec­ted to us­ing the ex­ec­ut­ive-or­der route when it ap­peared Con­gress is dead­locked on the mat­ter.” (KW­MU)

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