Obama weighing executive actions on housing, gays and other issues

President Obama is considering a series of new executive actions aimed at working around a recalcitrant Congress, including policies that could allow struggling homeowners to refinance their mortgages, provide new protections for gays and lesbians, make buildings more energy-efficient and toughen regulations for coal-fired power plants, according to people outside the White House involved in discussions on the issues.

One of the first orders is expected this week, when the Obama administration will call for the creation of new standards on what critical private-sector companies should do to protect their computer systems from hackers.

The moves underscore Obama’s increasingly aggressive use of executive authority, including 23 administrative actions on gun violence last month and previous orders that delayed deportations of young illegal immigrants and will lower student loan payments.

These and other potential actions suggest that Obama is likely to rely heavily on executive powers to set domestic policy in his second term. One White House official said that while the president does not see the actions as substitutes for more substantial legislation, he also wants to move forward on top priorities.

Read more at The Washington Post



  1. Roger Mitchell says:

    The littlest dictator (: On Nope that would be the jerk of N.Y Bloomberg Obama would be the skinniest dictator. I mean hell he has a slew of czars for for enforcing all of his mandates and great ideas that never work and just waste money paid to his cronies . This guy spent so much time in law school and was so smart I guess he missed class the day they discussed that America is a republic and not a Democracy society My forefathers saw this type fool in the pipeline and set up laws to protect use from a Monarchy and Obama is doing his best to defeat the laws . I say send all the czars one back to czar land I really dislike that word used for this country.