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Jan 29, 2013 Comments Off Pat Dollard

(CNSNews.com) – Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) says that he believes President Obama in his second term will drive the progressive agenda forward with a more aggressive use of executive power.

“We’re going to see a president of the United States use his executive powers as much as he’s allowed to under federal law and under the Constitution, in a more aggressive way than last time,” Brown said in an interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.

During an interview on MSNBC last week, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), said he anticipates that much of the progressive agenda in Obama’s second term will be driven by executive power.

Obama’s use of executive power has been of concern to members of Congress. During Obama’s first term, the administration decided not to enforce immigration laws against illegal aliens under the age of 30 who were in the United States before they were 16; issued waivers to the work requirement in the welfare reform law; and made recess appointments when the Senate was not in recess.

Obama cited lifting the ban on open homosexuals in the military as an example of ensuring Congress played a role.

“So a great example of that is the work we did on ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’” he told The New Republic. “There were advocates in the LGBT community who were furious at me, saying, ‘Why don’t you just sign with a pen ordering the Pentagon to do this?’”

“And my argument was that we could build a coalition to get this done, that having the Pentagon on our side and having them work through that process so that they felt confident they could continue to carry out their missions effectively would make it last and make it work for the brave men and women, gays and lesbians, who were serving not just now but in the future,” said Obama.

“And the proof of the pudding here is that not only did we get the law passed, but it’s caused almost no controversy,” he said. “It’s been almost thoroughly embraced, whereas had I just moved ahead with an executive order, there would have been a huge blowback that might have set back the cause for a long time.”

“But what I do see is that there are certain issues where a judicious use of executive power can move the argument forward or solve problems that are of immediate-enough import that we can’t afford not to do it,” Obama said.

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