McCain: Obama may ‘get away’ with circumventing Congress on jobs act

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      Nicholas Ballasy

      Nicholas Ballasy is the Senior Video Reporter for The Daily Caller covering Congress and national politics. Ballasy has interviewed a wide range of political leaders and celebrities including former President Bill Clinton, Sen. John McCain, Sen. John Kerry, former Gov. Mitt Romney, former House Speakers Nancy Pelosi and Newt Gingrich, Kevin Spacey, Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Harrison Ford, Matt Damon, Joan Rivers, Gloria Estefan, Jon Stewart, Dave Matthews, Neil Munro, Stevie Wonder, etc. His work has been featured by CNN, Fox News, NBC, CBS, ABC, The Drudge Report, Washington Post and New York Times, among others.

Arizona Sen. John McCain said Thursday that Senate Republicans “will do everything” they can to try to “stop” President Obama from implementing parts of his $447 billion jobs plan without congressional approval.

But McCain admits Obama “could get away with it.”

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McCain made the statements during an unveiling of the “Jobs Through Growth Act” — the Republican alternative to Obama’s American Jobs Act.

“I’m sure that the president and other presidents before him, Republican and Democrats have tried to exceed their constitutional authority, but we will do everything we can to try to stop it but I’m not saying he can’t get away with something,” McCain said, in response to a question from TheDC.

Obama told his advisers on the White House Jobs and Competitiveness Council in Pittsburgh on Tuesday that he is “not going to wait for Congress” to act on jobs.

“So my instruction to … all the advisers who are sitting around the table is, scour this report, identify all those areas in which we can act administratively without additional congressional authorization, and just get it done,” he said. (RELATED: Jackson: Obama should declare a ‘national emergency,’ add jobs with ‘extra-constitutional’ action)

On numerous occasions, the president has vowed to find common ground with Republicans in Congress.

“I’ve shown repeatedly my willingness to work overtime to try to get them to do something to deal with this high unemployment rate. What we haven’t seen is a similar willingness on their part to try to get something done,” Obama said on Thursday. “I don’t know when rebuilding our roads and bridges that are decaying became a partisan issue.”

McCain said there has been “no outreach” by President Barack Obama to congressional Republicans on job creation.

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