U.S. President Barack Obama's siganture is seen on a set of executive orders that he signed prior to unveiling a series of proposals to counter gun violence, at the White House in Washington, January 16, 2013. (REUTERS/Jason Reed)
Brookings Scholars on Obama's Use of Executive Action
January 31, 2014,
In his State of the Union Address, President Obama said that while he was eager to work with Congress, he would take "steps without legislation to expand opportunity" for American families. Many critics have interpreted this as executive overreach. Here is what some Brookings scholars have said about President Obama's statements.