President Obama told a collection of the nation's governors that he would use his executive authorities to promote his "year of action" policy agenda during a meeting Tuesday at the White House, further evidence the administration plans to flex its regulatory muscles in the coming months.
According to the White House, the president "pledged to work closely" with governors on steps to create jobs and expand economic opportunity for the middle class. He also discussed federal investments in transportation and infrastructure, and an expansion of early childhood education.
"The president has said that he will use his executive authority — both his pen and his phone — to act on behalf of the American people, and he pledged to work closely with governors of both parties on our agenda for 2014," the White House said in a statement.
That echoed remarks the president made before a Cabinet meeting earlier Tuesday, in which he warned lawmakers that “we are not just going to be waiting for a legislation in order to make sure that we’re providing Americans the kind of help that they need.”
"I've got a pen, and I've got a phone,” Obama declared.
“And I can use that pen to sign executive orders and take executive actions and … I've got a phone that allows me to convene Americans from every walk of life: nonprofits, businesses, the private sector, universities.”
The meeting included Govs. Mary Fallin (R-Okla.), John Hickenlooper (D-Colo.), Mike Beebe (D-Ark.), Mark Dayton (D-Minn.), Gary Herbert (R-Utah), and Scott Walker (R-Wisc.).