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Charles Rangel: Obama Working Around Congress is Okay Because of the Gridlock

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By Doug Powers  •  October 28, 2011 02:03 PM

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Charles Rangel doesn’t really have a problem with President Obama using executive orders to implement items from the “jobs bill” without having to go through Congress. It probably means a little less work in the undrained swamp, which translates to more nap time, so if Obama should do it some more, Rangel still won’t mind:

TheDC asked Rangel if he thinks there are other areas where Obama should bypass Congress.

“I do, but I don’t want it to be interpreted that I welcome the executive branch using their powers instead of having the legislative branch do it. It’s necessary now because it’s a gridlock between the president and the United States. I hope that is just so very, very unusual,” Rangel told TheDC after a rally on Capitol Hill Wednesday.

We’ll have to keep Charlie’s opinion on file in case a Republican is elected president and Congress remains divided — I’m sure his position would remain consistent:

Update: That was quick:

President Obama signed two more executive memorandums today, saying they will help employment at a time when congressional Republicans are blocking his $447 billion jobs bill.

“With too many families struggling and too many businesses fighting to keep their doors open, we can’t wait for Congress to take action,” Obama said in a statement, echoing a political point he has made throughout this week.

Flashback to May of 2008. Candidate Obama wasn’t a fan of a “president with too much power” back then, and I don’t think Rangel was either (h/t HAP):

(h/t Weasel Zippers)

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