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Is ‘executive taxation’ next?

WH Press Brief 3-2-15By The Iowa Statesman

 

The U.S. Constitution clearly lays the power to tax in the hands of Congress. President Obama, however, may look for another “end around” Congress through an executive action involving the IRS, according to his press secretary.

In response to a question regarding U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) calling on the president to raise more than $100 billion in taxes through executive action, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest confirmed Monday that President Obama is “very interested” in the idea.

“The president certainly has not indicated any reticence in using his executive authority to try and advance an agenda that benefits middle class Americans … Now I don’t want to leave you with the impression that there is some imminent announcement, there is not, at least that I know of.

“But the president has asked his team to examine the array of executive authorities that are available to him to try to make progress on his goals. So I am not in a position to talk in any detail at this point, but the president is very interested in this avenue generally.”

Scroll down to see the video of yesterday’s White House Press Briefing.