Boehner cautions Obama about exceeding constitutional authority on minimum wage

  • Article by: DONNA CASSATA , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 28, 2014 - 1:07 PM

WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) says President Barack Obama likely has the authority to raise the minimum wage for new federal contract workers. But the speaker warned against any other unilateral steps that could encroach on the Constitution.

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David3165Jan. 28, 1410:13 AM

He's about to start crying again.

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Seawaves AheadJan. 28, 1411:05 AM

Barack Obama was elected President twice by a majority of Americans by promising to make a more powerful and authoritarian Federal Government while make individuals and the private sector much weaker and more Government dependent. He has the absolute right to implement any and all policies and programs he needs to accomplish these promises. Speaker Boehner should keep quiet and help the President get things done without discussion, debate or criticism.

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theagonybhoJan. 28, 1411:10 AM

Get the supreme court involved.

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potter101Jan. 28, 1411:56 AM

If the the president can raise minimum wage by executive decisions , I hope he does it. It would be his second most impotant act to help this country. By the way do you really think their is one regressive who really doesn't want to do this because it would loose low income jobs. Thats a hoot. What it will do is cost the 1% profit for a length of time until prices are adjusted to reflect the minimum wage increase and the 1% party cares about that in a big way.

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potter101Jan. 28, 1412:02 PM

I like the humor that the right is apposed to the welfare state that they created. and perpetuate with this opposition to raising minimum wage. The hypocrisy from the 1% party is endless.

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potter201Jan. 28, 1412:12 PM

I prefer the left mantra; if you like being in your welfare state, we'll do our best to keep you there. Has a familiar ring to it doesn't it?

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srosengrenJan. 28, 1412:14 PM

The "1% party" surely doesn't include anyone from the left. Welfare state created by the right...?? Alas, another uninformed voter.

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stevenelJan. 28, 14 1:14 PM

Obama's simply acknowledging the fact that Republican House leadership has declared war against the President of the United States. The House leadership is going to stop every piece of progress for our nation it can with the hope that voters will become so disaffected that they stay home for the mid-term elections and allow the conservative minority to elect a Republican led Senate. Then Congress can REALLY mess up Obama's agenda all the way to the next Presidential election. At some point though, you'd think causing chaos, shutdowns, gridlock and just generally making the US weaker should be considered too big a price to pay for a political victory. Most of us really don't care whether the people who run our country have a D an R or an I behind their name. We just want a successful nation and competent government. At this stage of things, if Obama can do something worthwhile by bypassing Congress, good deal.

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mmhoffman57Jan. 28, 14 1:18 PM

Dr. Mr. Boehner and the rest of the 1% (real or imagined). Take a vow to exist for the next 6 months of your life living on $10.00 an hour. That would be $400.00 for a 40 hour work week. Of course, you need to subtract taxes, withholding, and any other deductions that come out of the average paycheck. Now go fill up your car with gas on your way to the post office to mail your utility bills, car insurance and rent check. On your way home stop at the grocery store and pick up a gallon of milk, a loaf of bread, a jar of peanut butter, a dozen eggs, some bananas, oranges and some carrots and a few other veggies. Don't forget some chicken and maybe some hamburger. DO NOT forget the toilet paper!! I imagine you haven't been in a grocery store to shop for a long, long time so it will come as a shock to you just how much this small list will cost you. Better put back the Fortune 500 magazine and the Snickers bar that you picked up a the check out counter. When you get back home call your BFF and tell him you can't go the movies and out for a beer cuz it just isn't in the budget. Ain't life grand at $10.00 an hour?

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logicreasonJan. 28, 14 1:25 PM

stevenel, just because you call something "progress" doesn't mean it is good for the country. Sometimes, doing nothing is the best course of action. Any by the way, do you think that the people who elected the Republicans sent them their to agree with Obama and the Democrats?

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