Bloomberg BNA — As President Barack Obama prepares to give his Jan. 28 State of the Union address, advocates of greenhouse gas reductions are urging the president to turn up pressure on Congress to pass climate legislation while demonstrating his willingness to act alone in the face of congressional inaction.
Republican lawmakers said President Barack Obama risks antagonizing an already polarized Congress by threatening to use executive authority to make good on the policy agenda he will outline in his State of the Union address.
Republican Chuck Hagel will be confirmed as the next U.S. secretary of defense even after a contentious hearing in which he was assailed by members of his own party, said President Barack Obama’s senior adviser, Dan Pfeiffer.
President Barack Obama’s senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer said in an interview with Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt,” airing this weekend, that there’s “no question” Republican Chuck Hagel, a former Nebraska senator, will be confirmed as the next U.S. secretary of defense even after a contentious Senate hearing in which he was put on the defensive by members of his own party.
President Barack Obama has neither the legal authority nor the practical ability to bypass Congress and extend the nation’s borrowing limit, and attempting such a step might trigger turmoil in the markets, two top White House advisers said.