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  •  I don't agree (1+ / 0-)
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    Zack from the SFV

    Legislatures can pass laws, but what inherent powers the Executive Branch thinks it has or doesn't have is an important issue, and when the Legislature - or one or a few legislators -  push(es) the Executive Branch to acknowledge limitations on its powers, I believe it is acting entirely properly in exercising its duty to jealously protect its institutional power under our constitutional system.

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    by MichaelNY on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 07:16:34 PM PST

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    •  passing laws is the best way to do that. (0+ / 0-)

      ...better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. -FDR, 1936

      by James Allen on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 08:46:23 AM PST

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      •  That it isn't their only recourse (0+ / 0-)

        Congress can pass laws, but if they don't like the way the Executive Branch is enforcing (or not enforcing - or not obeying) them, they can hold up confirmations, refuse to confirm, hold hearings, or in an extreme case, impeach officials and remove them from office.

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        by MichaelNY on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 06:38:10 PM PST

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        •  holding up confirmations that are themselves (0+ / 0-)

          inherently uncontroversial is an irresponsible abuse of power.

          ...better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. -FDR, 1936

          by James Allen on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 06:54:53 PM PST

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          •  Says you (0+ / 0-)

            There's nothing in the constitution that denies the Senate the right to hold up confirmations for any reason they like.

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            by MichaelNY on Sat Mar 09, 2013 at 03:05:35 AM PST

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