Obama weighs executive hammer – The Hill
President Obama is weighing executive actions after the Supreme Court ruled against ObamaCare’s contraception mandate.
The White House swiftly called on Congress to enact a legislative fix but realistically knows lawmakers aren’t about to act.
Obama has come under criticism from Republicans for his use of executive actions. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has announced the House will vote this month on approving a lawsuit against Obama over actions Boehner says are an abuse of power.
But the GOP criticism and threat seem unlikely to act as a brake on Obama, who separately on Monday said he would move forward with administrative actions on immigration reform in the face of what he described as GOP obstructionism.
“As we assess the impact of this decision, we’ll consider whether or not there is a range of other options that may be available that don’t require legislative action,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters.
Democrats signaled in the hours after the high court’s decision that they think the issue could boost their turnout in the fall by highlighting GOP opposition to abortion rights. That makes it even more likely that Obama will not fear taking executive steps.