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Cybersecurity bill's death opens door for Obama executive order

Cybersecurity bill's death opens door for Obama executive order

By Eric Engleman / Bloomberg News
November 15, 2012 12:01am

WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans on Wednesday killed cybersecurity legislation backed by President Barack Obama, increasing prospect that the White House will implement some of the bill's provisions through an executive order.

Supporters failed, 51-47, to get the 60 votes needed under Senate rules to bring up the bill for passage. Republicans blocked the same measure in August, saying it would lead to more government regulation of business.

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Congress is MIA

The most troubling aspect of this fiasco lies in the POTUS' abuse of executive power which has been ongoing for a long time. The US Congress has been complicit in this abuse and simply allows it to continue. In fact, since Eisenhower, the legislative branch increasingly rubber stamps the decisions of the executive branch. We really do have an oligarchy on its return path as an empire ruled by a single tyrant.

Regardless, I can't simply ignore the inaction of the US Congress in restraining presidential abuse of power even if they failed to pass the desired legislation. The US Congress needs to wield its power of impeachment before the legislative branch is entirely impotent to do so... This craziness of secret executive orders with no congressional oversight MUST stop. In the meantime, I'm still done with private access to the InterNet until the US Congress FINALLY takes action to restrain presidential abuse of power.