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August 23, 2014

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July 21, 2014

LGBT Executive Order Signed by Obama

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(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 12:00 p.m. | President Barack Obama signed an executive order Monday banning discrimination by federal contractors against LGBT people — without a broad religious exemption included in the Senate-passed Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).

“Our government, the government of the people, by the people and for the people, will become just a little bit fairer,” Obama told a cheering audience in the East Room.

Obama said that while there is still a long way to go to ensure that everyone has the same opportunities regardless of who they love, they’ve come a long way in the past five years.trans LGBT Executive Order Signed by Obama

“We’re on the right side of history,” Obama said before signing the order. Full story

July 8, 2014

Obama Still Needs Congress to Show Him the Money

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Heather Piña Ledezma, a citizen who turned 6 on July 4, attends an immigration rally near the White House. Her mother is Mexican. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

President Barack Obama may be just about done with this Congress, but there’s one thing he can’t do without — money.

Before Congress adjourns in a month for the August recess, Obama wants lawmakers to pass a supplemental spending bill dealing primarily with the child migrant crisis, while also averting a slowdown of highway projects.

But he will need a historically unproductive Congress to creak into action to do so, even as House Republicans head to the courthouse to sue the president over his executive actions.

And after the break, Congress will have to agree on a spending bill to avoid a pre-election government shutdown — with Obama pushing Congress for a host of controversial items, including $500 million for Syrian rebels, a new anti-terrorism foreign aid fund and the authority to close the military prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

The bottom line: While Obama has used his pen and phone to enact a host of administrative changes this year, he can’t pen and phone his way around Congress’ power of the purse. Full story

June 24, 2014

White House Not Reacting Yet to Boehner Lawsuit Plan

The White House told CQ Roll Call there is no immediate reaction to Daniel Newhauser’s scoop that Speaker John A. Boehner is planning a lawsuit against the Obama administration for failing to enforce the law.

We’ll update if that changes.

Obama’s strategy of acting on his own via his pen and phone has infuriated Republicans and has brought criticism from some legal scholars.

Boehner has repeatedly blamed Obama’s executive actions on health care and other issues for making his conference lose faith in the president’s willingness to enforce a new immigration law.

Republicans have been eyeing a lawsuit for months.

June 16, 2014

Obama Executive Order to Ban LGBT Discrimination (Updated)

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The executive order on LGBT discrimination comes nearly one year after the Supreme Court issued rulings hailed by gay rights advocates. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 3:45 p.m. | President Barack Obama plans to use his pen to ban discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people by federal contractors — an idea that the White House has resisted for years as it pursued passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in Congress.

The news, announced via email, received instant applause from gay rights advocates.

“With this announcement, the arc of history bends a little farther toward justice,” said Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon, the lead ENDA sponsor. Full story

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