President Obama “knows better” than to think he can unilaterally raise the minimum wage for federal contractors, and Steve King has called on his congressional colleagues to push back. “We need to take our oath seriously and defend the Constitution here in Congress,” the Iowa Republican said on CNN on Tuesday.
King called the action a “constitutional violation” since the president does not have the authority to ignore or change laws without congressional approval. He worried that the president’s approach could set a precedent unseen before in American history.
“This threat that the president is going to run the government with an ink pen and executive orders — we’ve never had a president with that level of audacity and that level of contempt for his own oath of office,” he said.