In reference to President Barack Obama’s pledge, during his State of the Union speech, to advance his agenda on climate change and the minimum wage by executive order, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) said “executive orders are legal” and that he is “acting on behalf of the American people.”

At the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday evening, CNSNews.com asked Rep. Lee,  “What about the Republicans criticizing the use of executive orders when it comes to climate change and minimum wage – his use of executive orders?”

Rep. Jackson Lee said, “As I was saying,  [the address] was appealing to the needs of the American people. And, frankly, if the American people are crying out for relief – they’re crying out for unemployment insurance, or climate change or the Affordable Care Act and the president is mandated to do what he can on behalf of the American people – executive orders are legal and they will be addressed by the legal system if they are overreaching.”

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