There may only be 18 months left in his presidency, but Barack Obama is planning on making the most of it.
Obama told reporters he hopes to next work with Congress on an infrastructure funding package and on reforming the criminal justice system.
“The list is long and my instructions to my team and my instructions to myself have always been that we are going to squeeze every last ounce of progress that we can make … as long as I have the privilege of holding this office,” Obama said at a news conference.
Obama began work on his to-do list on Tuesday, unveiling a plan to make more U.S. workers eligible for overtime pay. He also tried to marshal business and labor to pressure Congress to renew the charter for the U.S. Export-Import Bank.
It’s clear that Obama will do anything to pass his progressive agenda, even if it involves abuses of executive power. Checks and balances mean nothing to this White House. At the end of the day, Congress needs to remember that they have the constitutional authority to write and pass laws, not the President.