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A White House order updating federal emergency powers has raised alarm among some conservative commentators, and U.S. Rep. Sandy Adams, that President Barack Obama is attempting to grab unconstitutional powers.
Adams, R-Orlando, said it "leaves the door open for the president to give himself control over American resources during both times of peace, and national crisis."
"It's valid to be concerned that the president has too many powers that are justified by national-defense needs," said Benjamin Friedman, a defense expert with the libertarian Cato Institute. "But this executive order doesn't change much compared to prior executive orders that Republican and Democratic presidents have put in place."
ADAMS, Sandra (Sandy), a Representative from Florida; born in Wyandotte, Wayne County, Michigan, on December 14, 1956; attended high school and earned a G.E.D.; B.A., Columbia College, Orlando, Fla., 2000; United States Air Force, 1974-1975; Orange County, Fla., sheriff’s office, 1985-2002; member of the Florida state house of representatives, 2002-2010; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Twelfth Congress (January 3, 2011-present).