Local leaders debate presidental executive order

By Perry Russom

January 29, 2014 Updated Jan 29, 2014 at 12:23 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union Address Tuesday night.

It comes at a time when Congress is regarded as one of the least productive and least popular in recent history.

"There are a lot of things that the president can do on his own and I think the president is willing to say, 'Look, we're either going to do it together or we're going to do it one at a time,'" said James Testani, chairman of the Broome County Democratic Party.

One of the president's talking points that is catching the attention of local political leaders is the use of executive order.

"Wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that's what I'm going to do," said President Obama.

He mentioned using his executive order in requiring federal contractors to pay their federally funded employees at the rate of $10.10 per hour.

"To kind of ram things through executive order whether its increases in minimum wage or the other things he's talking about, it's a little disappointing," said Bijoy Datta, chairman of the Broome County Republican Party.

"I don't think its right to issue an executive order to make these kind of changes and our country was founded on a Congress and a presidency working together."

Broome County Democratic committee Chairman James Testani says the country can't afford congressional gridlock anymore.

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