Governors split with Obama on many issues ahead

Feb. 24, 2014 at 10:59 AM
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WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- President Obama should use his executive power "to free the American people from the yoke of excess regulation," Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana said.

While saying he doesn't necessarily believe with Obama's position that he can act unilaterally and make decisions without congressional input, "if he's going to make those decisions, why doesn't he do things" that Republicans believe would help the country, Jindal said Sunday on CBS News' "Face the Nation."

"If President Obama is determined to use his executive power to the fullest, we ask at least that he will use the power of the phone and pen to free the American people from the yoke of excess regulation, to open up new avenues for investment and education, and to give the economy the jump start it needs," Jindal later said in a statement sent to reporters.

On several Sunday talk shows, Republican and Democratic governors sparred on hot-button issues, including the Affordable Care Act, marijuana, gun control and the death penalty.

Broadly, the governors agreed that states should have leeway to make decisions about which policies are right for them, CBS said.

"While Washington remains in gridlock, we find that our governors are doing their part to work together, in collaboration, to share best practices on how we can grow our economy," said National Governors Association Chairwoman and Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, a Republican, at a news conference Saturday in Washington during the association's winter meeting.

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