Barack Obama certainly isn’t wending his way towards the end of his Presidency quietly. Instead, Barack Obama is fighting a kind of war on two different fronts: a Republican Congress and a court system. The president is fighting the Republicans in regards to his attorney general nominee, Loretta Lynch. When it comes to the courts, the most powerful man in the world is taking hits for his immigration policy and the executive orders surrounding that policy.
Politico is reporting that the arguments for the Executive Amnesty program in front of the 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals did not go well for the Barack Obama administration. Analysts expect that there will be a 2-1 vote that will basically put an end to the program. If the court does indeed rule that way, it would mean the president would have to turn to the Supreme Court in order to get the program going again.
If that wasn’t bad enough, President Barack Obama is also fighting a battle against the Republican-led Congress. Until recently, it seemed as though President Barack Obama was willing to allow the fight to play out between his party and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Late last week, the president jumped into the fray and made it clear he’s sick of waiting for Loretta Lynch to become confirmed.
CNN.com reports that President Barack Obama has made it clear he feels the waiting has become “embarrassing.” It seems as though most people agree that there doesn’t look to be a good reason for the wait. Lynch was confirmed by the Senate Judiciary Committee several months ago, but McConnell has been holding up a vote in front of the entire Senate for various reasons.
“Enough. Enough. Call Loretta Lynch for a vote, get her confirmed, let her do her job. This is embarrassing,” Barack Obama told reporters during a joint White House press conference with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. “There are times where the dysfunction in the Senate just goes too far. This is an example of it.”
McConnell is now holding up the nomination as a way to get Democrats to drop a filibuster on a human trafficking bill that is unrelated. Democrats are upset because the bill has an abortion provision. McConnell has said that he won’t bring Lynch’s nomination up until that dispute is settled. Until then, it appears that Barack Obama will be waiting.
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