Paul Ryan: ‘We Have An Increasingly Lawless Presidency’

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February 2, 2014 1:51 p.m.

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Sunday weighed in on President Obama’s recent comments that he will use executive actions to push his agenda this year.

“We have an increasingly lawless presidency where he is actually doing the job of Congress, writing new policies and new laws without going through Congress. Presidents don’t write laws, Congress does,” Ryan said on ABC’s “This Week.”

Ryan drew a distinction between typical use of executive action and the way he believes Obama is using his executive branch powers.

“It’s not the number of executive orders; it’s the scope of the executive orders. It’s the fact that he is actually contradicting law like in the health care case, or proposing new laws without going through Congress,” he said. “That’s the issue.”

When asked if he would move to impeach Obama over his use of executive actions, Ryan said he didn’t think so.

“No, I’m not,” he said. “We have a difference of opinion, clearly, and — and some of these are going to get fought out in court. You have some court challenges with respect to religious freedom going to the court this spring.”

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