September 01, 2014

Gridlock, Executive Orders, and Separation of Powers

Warren Belmar

Given the decision of the voters in the 2012 elections to elect a Democratic president, a Democratic majority in the Senate, and a Republican majority in the House of Representatives, it has not been surprising that numerous contentious and challenging legislative issues have fallen victim to legislative gridlock. Now, as the November 2014 elections approach, speculation abounds in Washington as to the upcoming changes in the composition of the Senate and the House of Representatives and how those changes will impact the ability of the Obama Administration to work with the next Congress. Regardless of the election results, it is highly likely that gridlock will continue and will prompt unilateral executive action.

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