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Executive order doesn't preclude congressional action

Published: October 3, 2012

Regarding “Lankford: Obama's order against human trafficking falls short” (Metro, Sept. 26): It's difficult to understand U.S. Rep. James Lankford's criticism of President Obama. The legislation he's co-authored may be more extensive than Obama's executive order, but it's part of a defense bill working its way through Congress. The bill must be passed and signed by the president and perhaps wait for funding by Congress before any action against human trafficking can be taken.

Meanwhile, the executive order allows the FBI and intelligence agencies along with anti-trafficking task forces already in use to take action now. The president's order won't preclude future congressional action, so Lankford's legislation would still be implemented.

Melissa Satterfield, Yukon


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