Illinois Congressman Mike Quigley has joined his colleague Sheila Jackson Lee on the new Congressional Full Employment Caucus, which will, according to Lee “give President Obama a number of executive orders that he can sign.”
Quigley's fellow caucus member made the statement during a press conference to announce the establishment of the Full Employment Caucus.
“I believe this caucus will put us on the right path and we’ll give President Obama a number of executive orders that he can sign with pride and strength,” said Lee speaking on behalf of Quigley and others. “In fact, I think that should be our number one agenda. Let’s write up these executive orders, draft them of course - and ask the president to stand with us on full employment.” (video HERE)
Executive orders issued by a president have the full force of law and do not have to receive approval by the legislative branch of government. During his State of The Union address last week, President Obama made clear he was willing to use extra-constitutional executive actions to to sidestep Congress.
In addition to Quigley and Lee, members of the caucus include; John Conyers (D-MI) Frederica Wilson (D-FL), Charles Rangel (D-NY), Maxine Waters (D-CA), Barbara Lee (D-CA), and José Serrano (D-NY).