President Obama is weighing a series of executive actions that provide him an end-run around Congress as he prepares to spend his second term making some domestic policy unilaterally using the powers of his office, according to the Washington Post.
That is, the powers he believes he has.
Among the executive actions currently being contemplated are moves to boost housing, make buildings more energy efficient, bolster gay rights, and issue new environmental rules.
Up first? An order expected this week calling for “the creation of new standards on what critical private-sector companies should do to protect their computer systems from hackers.”
Obama also likely is planning to allow those with privately-backed loans who are underwater on their mortgages to refinance more easily. The deal already applies to people who have loans backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
Many conservatives believe the housing market will never recover until the market “shakes out,” saying aid to those who can’t afford their mortgages only prolongs the recovery process.
Also under consideration are new rules governing carbon emissions by existing power plants. Corporations surely would rage against the cost of retrofitting their plants.
A regulation for new plants is already on tap.
Another area where Obama may wade in is with a rule barring federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation.