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White House: Congress Not Qualified to Vote on Climate Deal Because of its Views

In a striking sign of contempt for the Constitution, the White House Tuesday said the right of Congress to weigh in on an international agreement should be judged by the views lawmakers have on the issue.

This is approximately like saying, You get to vote if you vote the way I want. Chilling, right? But that’s the mentality we’re dealing with here.

The White House’s, uh, groundbreaking interpretation of the Constitution was included in an exchange between Shannon Bream of Fox News and White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest about the right of the Senate to consider an international climate deal that United States is negotiating.

According to The Hill, Earnest’s comments are “directed at lawmakers such as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), who have all insisted that the international agreement the UN is working on is a treaty and cannot be enforced without Senate approval.”

The topic arose because the White House Tuesday had pledged to cut U.S. emissions 26-28 percent by 2025 from 2005 levels as part of the emerging pact.

BREAM: And as a follow to that, not surprising, there is pushback from the Hill from a number of leaders there who say this represents yet another agreement that Congress should be involved with. They feel like they should have a voice in any agreement of this nature on the international scale. How do you respond to them?

MR. EARNEST: Well, these are individuals who — many of whom, at least, deny the fact that climate change even exists. So I’m not sure they would be in the best position to decide whether or not a climate change agreement is one that is worth entering into.

The fact is, the kind of an agreement that the President succeeded in striking with China and is implementing here in the United States is one that will have a positive impact on carbon pollution, will have a positive impact on trying to make the air safer for Americans here in this country, and will have a positive impact on our economy. And that’s why the President is pursuing this so aggressively. And we certainly would welcome any kind of support that we could get from Congress on that measure.

Q But content aside, is this the kind of agreement that Congress should have an ability to sign off on?

MR. EARNEST: Well, again, I think it’s hard to take seriously from some members of Congress who deny the fact that climate change exists that they should have some opportunity to render judgment about a climate change agreement.

For the edification of the White House, this is the Treaty Clause, contained in Article II, Section 2, Clause 2:

He (the president) shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur and have reasonable opinions on the matter.

Josh was right! Wait a second, that’s the White House version of the clause. Here’s the what the Founders wrote:

He (the president) shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur;

So there’s actually no pre-ordained outcome, no test of their views. BECAUSE THAT WOULD BE ENTIRELY CONTRARY TO THE WHOLE POINT OF THE REPUBLIC.

Some people, though don’t get the point. Or they do, but it’s highly inconvenient.

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46 Responses to White House: Congress Not Qualified to Vote on Climate Deal Because of its Views

  1. This administration frightens me. The utter contempt for our way of law just makes me speechless.

    It is the apparent aim of this administration to destroy our country before it is done, if it is done in 20 months. I am scared to think that Mr0 may not leave in 2017.

    The elections proved nothing except that the Obama administration has to work around our constitution.

    And so many Americans are totally ignorant or simply don’t care what is being.

    Scary.

  2. Yup-it’s what he said–they may not vote “right,” so no voting. I also commented in another venue this morning on an article saying reporters needed to decide “how to treat” politicians that question the climate issue during the campaign. The upshot seemed to be–shut them out.

  3. Same thing happening in just about any situation across the Country.
    If your opinion is not aligned with the administration’s, you lose your right to voice it.

  4. I am starting to think our sainted leaders have decided we Americans are all too stupid, fat, eat too much BBQ, watch too much TV, or something so we’re not even worth all their best efforts. We are just a nuisance that keeps piping up now and then with opposing ideas.

  5. Once again. I am speechless. I do not know what to say, or advise. However once again, will question: What are these lawmakers telling their children, grandchildren, parents, neighbor, friend from highschool?

  6. Mr. Dick tater OPutter says he will meet the UN climate goals by having the EPA dream up the rules to get there. We are doomed. No one has the balls to take this guy on.

    Its the new normal. We the serfs just have to take it.

    Welcome to the USSA, while I live in Mexico North. Formally know as the state of Calif.
    My new congress man is a Mexican and a La Raza supporter. I have no rep.

      • Ground zero here in the City of Lost Angeles.

        Saw an interesting new street sign in the upscale neighborhood of Westwood, CA. which is adjacent to UCLA.

        “PERSIAN SQUARE:”

        For years, the Iranians have been taking over the local businesses and residential neighborhoods. Now it’s official.

        • I know that area. I went to the “discos” around there in the late 70’s, and those places were full-up with Persians then!

  7. Taking away the legitimacy of the opposition, piece-by-piece, until it doesn’t exist in the minds of the people. Propaganda 101.

    The march to an authoritarian regime continues…

    • That’s why they are attempting to restrict the internet.
      One of the last bastions of free speech that influences millions of people.

      The overwhelming drive to control all of the media by this administration is obvious.
      The remedy for it is in the hands of the congress and the supreme court.

      Either stop it now or pay the consequences at the next election.

  8. Obviously, the only one who is not qualified is the tyranical dictator who is posing as the leader of the free world.

    Obama has been coiled up like a snake for the last six years – waiting to strike. He can’t sell his snake oil on climate change, so he’s going to use his pen.

    Is there no one is this country who will stand up to this madman? Just throw a butterfly net around him, or something.
    This tyranny cannot stand!

  9. Of course climate change exists. A month ago it was brutally cold and now it’s wonderfully warm.
    I would’ve thought this was an April Fools joke, unfortunately, there’s video to go along with it :(

  10. You just have to wonder how the election of 2008 (or even the election of 2012) might have been different had all of this stuff come out during the campaign. “Yes, my belief is the President has unilateral authority to make treaties with other nations. The Congress is welcome to endorse them if they want, but if they disagree they need to just shut up about it.”

  11. There are now over 31,000 US scientists who have signed the anti-man-made global warming petition circulated by from Professor Frederick Seitz. Physicist Frederick Seitz was President of the US National Academy of Sciences and of Rockefeller University.

    The petition declares that the man-made climate warming “phenomena” is a complete hoax (my impolite words). Signatories are highly qualified climate specialists working in atmospheric, environmental, and Earth sciences, physics and aerospace sciences, earth science, geochemistry, geology, geophysics, geoscience, hydrology, oceanography, environmental science, atmospheric science, climatology, meteorology, astronomy astrophysics, etc. You get the idea.

    Here’s the list of scientists, and you can review the list by discipline, State, qualifications, etc .

    http://www.petitionproject.org/index.php

    How many of these scientists have been invited to the White House to explain their views on man-made climate change. Likely number: ZERO.

  12. So you can only vote that the earth is flat if you agree that the earth is flat.

    And these clowns call themselves “progressives”?

  13. I love the comment about the China “agreement.” for those of you who don’t know:

    Obama made a lot of noise about how he’d struck this amazing climate deal with China. turns out it’s not so great after all: the US has agreed to start reducing carbon emissions in 2016. OTOH, the Chinese have agreed to start NOT INCREASING carbon emissions 15 years from now.

    “reducing” does not equal “not increasing.” and “now” does not equal “maybe sometime in the distant future.”

    but then again, “underground Iranian nuke facility is acceptable” does not equal “peace in the Middle East” either. so yeah.

  14. We’re not the only ones being harassed by the man-made global warming fascists. Here’s a quote from a UK article…

    “Meanwhile back in the present day, Britain’s very own Climate Change Fool Liberal Democrat Secretary for Climate Superstition and Witchcraft at the DECC, Ed Davey is telling the press that they cannot print stories that are critical of man made climate change….”. And so forth. You get the drift.

    Here’s the whole article…

    http://toryaardvark.com/2013/06/04/newspaper-editors-tell-britains-climate-change-fool-to-go-forth-multiply/

  15. “Not qualified to vote” is different from “not allowed to vote.”

    It’s true that climate science deniers like Imhofe are not qualified to vote on a treaty about the banner findings from 180 years of climate related science.

    It’s also true that they will vote on it anyway.

    What’s the issue here? That a bunch of corrupt fools in debt to the fossil fuel industry will torpedo a treaty based in science that they refuse to understand? Or that the Prez doesn’t have the nuts to come out and call them the bunch of corrupt fools that they are?

    • Unfortunately, Celyle, the issue is that gosh darned Constitution. Every one of those Congresscritters is qualified to vote for this treaty due to something called being elected to office under that old stinky piece of paper called the Constitution.

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  17. “This is approximately like saying, You get to vote if you vote the way I want.”

    No, this is EXACTLY like saying… And it’s certainly NOT the first time our pseudo-president has had this attitude!

    “President” Obama has raped and shredded the United States Constitution, has broken more laws than can be counted and yet NOTHING has been done to stop him!

    Obama is a fraud, a liar, a cheat, and a thief; he is anti-American, anti-US Constitution, anti-Christian, he knows nothing about American history or the Bible. He is in the pocket of George Soros (as is Hillary Clinton who is a great Soros supporter) and is dedicated to the destruction of America.

    If Obama thinks that people in glass houses shouldn’t throw rocks (no, Obama, that’s NOT in the Bible) then Obama should look to himself.

    Why our fraud of a “president” is still in office ASTOUNDS me.

  18. I’m starting to see some parallels between this “president’s” contempt for Congress, and the mutual contempt between the English Parliament and King Charles I of England. The earlier case ended with the execution of Charles, the rise of Cromwell, and a war between the forces of Parliament and those of the royal family. History doesn’t repeat exactly, but I have to wonder — with the non-stop contempt Obama has shown the Constitution and Congress, what makes anyone think he’ll leave in January 2017 — especially if a Republican is elected?