They join Democrats in expressing their displeasure with Trump ‘s trying to go around them and circumventing the way things are supposed to be done in American Government…
Some members of the president’s party took issue with the move, asserting that Congress should be legislating.
Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Nebr.), who has largely spoken out against the government spending large sums of money in coronavirus legislation, offered one of the party’s more cutting rebukes, calling the theory behind the move “unconstitutional slop.”
“The pen-and-phone theory of executive lawmaking is unconstitutional slop,” Sasse said in a statement issued by email and obtained by The Hill. “President Obama did not have the power to unilaterally rewrite immigration law with DACA, and President Trump does not have the power to unilaterally rewrite the payroll tax law.“
During the Obama administration, conservatives often criticized the president’s use of executive actions on issues that were stuck in Congress, such as immigration reform.
The president’s orders came after pressure on the White House and Senate GOP to strike a deal with congressional Democratic leadership mounted this week, with negotiators racing to meet a self-imposed deadline of Friday. However, they were unable to agree on a proposal as the programs established by the CARES Act in March expired.
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), blamed Democrats for failing to reach an agreement, but indicated he didn’t support the president circumventing Congress.
“The president is doing all he can to help workers, students and renters, but Congress is the one who should be acting,” Alexander said in a statement.