Rep. Steve King: ‘Never Had a President With That Level of Audacity’

Susan Jones | January 29, 2014 | 10:26am EST
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( – President Obama’s promise that he intends to get things done in Washington without Congress is “outside the bounds” of his constitutional limitations, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) told CNN on Wednesday morning.

“This threat that the president's going to run the government with an ink pen and executive orders, we've never had a president with that level of audacity and that level of contempt for his own oath of office,” King said.

“We have a minimum wage. Congress has set it. For the president to simply declare, ‘I'm going to change this law that Congress has passed’ is unconstitutional. He's outside the bounds of his Article Two limitations.”

King said he thinks a legal challenge is called for, but he said Obama knows that would take a few years to have any effect. And that’s what he's counting on -- that's how he's going to run things, King said.

“This Congress should lay out the violations that the president's had, and they are many,” King said. “It goes through the immigration piece, No Child Left Behind, Welfare to Work. Many of those components -- Obamacare itself is probably the clearest one.

“When the president extended the employer mandate for a year, clearly, it's unconstitutional because the law says that the employer mandate shall commence in each month after December of 2013. So we need to lay that all out. I think we should bring a resolution to the floor and say so and restrain this president from his extra-constitutional behavior.”

In his State of the Union Address Tuesday night, President Obama announced he will issue an executive order requiring federal contractors to pay their employees “a fair wage of at least $10.10 an hour.”

He said many businesses have done it on their own. And he asked more business to “do what you can to raise your employees’ wages.”

“To every mayor, governor, state legislator in America, I say, you don't have to wait for Congress to act; Americans will support you if you take this on. And as a chief executive, I intend to lead by example. Give 'em a raise!”

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