Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., spent part of her Saturday at the "shutdown" World War II Memorial, welcoming the Twin Cities Honor Flight. She also talked about the current government shutdown, as caught on video by D.C.-based photographer Jeff Malet.
"So here's the point – we're being told right now to fund Obamacare, but the bill that we passed is not the one that we're funding," Bachmann told onlookers. "President Obama changed the bill just by tweeting it out, so he's asking us to change a bill that he's tweeted – that's against the law."
Whispers reached out to Bachmann's Communications Director Dan Kotman to find out what Twitter's got to do with it: "As for your question, she's referring to the Obama administration's unconstitutional actions to bypass Congress and unilaterally change Obamacare," Kotman wrote in an email. "Most notably, the administration used a blog post to announce the one year delay of the employer mandate," he continued. (As for Twitter, @BarackObama did not tweet about the one-year Obamacare delay. )
Even though Republicans have been extremely anti-Obamacare, the president's move in July to delay the employer mandate portion of the law was not greeted happily. In fact, it was interpreted as the president trying to thwart the constitution with Rep. Scott Garrett, R-N.J., introducing a congressional resolution "expressing the sense of Congress that President Barack Obama has violated section 3 of Article II of the Constitution."
More recently, this refrain has become a GOP talking point for explaining the shutdown. "Can you imagine if George Bush or Bill Clinton had decided they only wanted to enforce tax cuts or increases on a selective basis?" wrote Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., in an op-ed for the' Post and Courier in Charleston, S.C.
Bachmann's aide reiterated this point. "Instead of unilaterally legislating by social media, the Obama administration should follow the Constitution and stop cherry picking which portions of the law they wish to enforce," Kotman said.