Bypassing Congress, Obama unveils latest jobs push for veterans
November 7th, 2011
12:17 PM ET
9 years ago

Bypassing Congress, Obama unveils latest jobs push for veterans

(CNN) - President Barack Obama unveiled three executive actions Monday aimed at helping unemployed veterans secure private-sector employment, the White House's latest effort to bypass Congress with initiatives aimed at spurring economic growth.

Flanked by members of veterans associations in the Rose Garden, the president announced three new programs the White House says will reduce the time it takes a veteran to find a job. It's part of what the White has dubbed the "We Can't Wait" campaign – a series of moves Obama says he can initiate without congressional authorization.


Filed under: Congress • President Obama • Veterans
soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Woman In California

    Keep going Mr. President! We have your back.

    November 7, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  2. Bill

    With those obstructionist reprobates (i.e. tea baggers) in Congress blocking everything, this is the only way he can get anything done. Way to go, Mr. President.

    November 7, 2011 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  3. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    I quadruple dare TEApublicans to vote against veterans. Mr. President, bypass Congress because they are hell bent on not getting anything done for the people. Rather, they're staying loyal to El Capitan Grover Norquist.

    November 7, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Keep fighting the good fight Mr. President, we've got your back!!!
    Obama 2012. Seriously America.

    November 7, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "Bypassing"???? Wha he's doing falls squarely, clearly and unarguably within the powers and authority of the executive branch. Has CNN really sunk so low at this point that it feels the need to purposefully attempt to fabricate a controversy where none exists by inentionally implying that Obama is exceeding his authority and somehow making an end-run around the separation of powers?


    November 7, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  6. papanez

    Go for it, Mr. President! This country can't move forward without your bold action and bypassing the do-nothing republicans.

    November 7, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  7. Chaz

    Here's a thought; let's replace every single inept, childish politician on both sides with our veterans. I'm sure they could get this country back on it's feet in no time. Not to mention we would have people in congress who actually cared about Americans instead of those that just cared enough to get people's votes. Yes, I'm sure there are quite a few veterans who may not have a complete understanding of how Washington D.C. works. However, given what we currently have in D.C. at this time, I'd be willing to take my chances.

    November 7, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  8. coy4one

    I support Mr. Obama 100%.....He's now getting things done. Lame Congress would rather sit around and point fingers. This just shows that if Congress doesn't act, the President will! Now the President is showing how much he cares for the average American!!!

    November 7, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  9. cf

    Republicans want to obstruct jobs and care and benefits for veterans because "it costs too much." Nothing compared to the cost these men and women paid for our country, for your freedom to sit there and gripe and obstruct everything this President does. Shame on you, Republicans. Funny how you all immediately starting hating the troops and our country as soon as a Democrat was in charge.

    November 7, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  10. Why Now

    So when dems had both house and senate, didn't pass any budgets, all they worked on was it's close to 2012 election, he starts caring about jobs...and it's union/gov't jobs.

    November 7, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  11. Stop the Charade

    Continue to put the people of this country first and the people will follow your lead.

    November 7, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  12. MTATL67

    This is what Presidents have to resort to when the opposition party in Congress adopts an obstructionist agenda. The GOP needs to explain to us how in the world has their no votes put anybody back to work. Has the GOP's filibusters kept anybody in the home.

    November 7, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  13. vet in texas

    @ Why Now

    So when dems had both house and senate, didn't pass any budgets, all they worked on was it's close to 2012 election, he starts caring about jobs...and it's union/gov't jobs.
    It's called Filibuster,l say it with me GOP, fillibuster! A term that all have now forgotten, look it up, you'll be amazed.

    November 7, 2011 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  14. vet in texas

    While we are into looking it up, look up how many billions go to record breaking profit oil companies, take that amount and figure how many jobs we can get for those same billions that ALL of the GOP voted to keep, thus losing any and all credibility regarding fiscal responsibility!

    November 7, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  15. ryche

    Be careful of what you wish for.. Today Obama bypasses congress and goes rogue.. tomorrow a republican does the same thing.. and for those of you who say " way to go mr pres, we have your back" just remember that when you complain about a republican president bypassing congress, that you have now exposed yourself as the hypocrite obabma supporter we always knew you were...

    November 7, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  16. Malory Archer

    Why Now: the dems couldn't pass any budgets because they need this thing called a "fillabuster-proof majority", or 60 votes in the Senate. The dems never had 60 seats, and since the rethugliban made it their number 1 priority on January 20, 2009 and fillabustered everything he advocated – even the things the rethugliban themselves brought to the floor – nothing got passed. If you knew facts instead of spouting reigh wing talking points, you would know that.

    November 7, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  17. Larry L

    Good job Mr. President! The Congress is useless and so tied to lobbyist's money they can't use the latrine without permission from some Beltway Bandit.

    President Obama remains the adult in the room.

    November 7, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  18. FM

    Do what you were elected to do Mr. President. Those who are not giving an hand to do the job, they did not elect you and it doesn't bother them at all whether you work. The praise and appreciation will always come from those who are behind you.

    November 7, 2011 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  19. R

    "Bypassing???? Wha he's doing falls squarely, clearly and unarguably within the powers and authority of the executive branch."

    You're looking at the word bypass in a negative light. So what if Obama is bypassing Congress? He's not the first president to do so, and won't be the last. Just because you think CNN used that word to create some kind of controversy where one does not exist (and there clearly isn't any controversy), doesn't mean that it was their intent. I'm sure other people did not look at it in that manner either.

    November 7, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  20. Why Now

    @vet in texas...LoL it's also called super majority (fillibuster proof) which they had...look it up, you'll be amazed.

    November 7, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  21. Marry

    Great Mr. President! Thank you!

    November 7, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  22. Nick

    Republicans (specially the tea partiers) in the congress have done more harm to US economy and the job growth than anything else. It is simply digustting and it is a crying shame. It is time to give a crushing defeat these republicans in the coming election(s)

    November 7, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    Lets see how much the GOBP "supports our troops" now that the phrase is more than a meaningless bumper sticker slogan.

    November 7, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  24. Pravaa

    Not surprising that his most stellar achievements have been in foreign policy where Congress obstructionism and Senate GOP filibustering has been kept to a minimum. The first stimulus wasn't big enough to spur the economy. Hope he gets it right the second time.

    November 7, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  25. d

    @Whynow...the healthcare law was and is for the people! keep going mr president!

    November 7, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
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