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GOP Rep: Obama's 'Arrogant Disregard' For 'Voice of the People' Has Founding Fathers 'Turning in their Graves

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"Leadership is about leading. The president hasn't led!"

Michael Grimm (R-NY) (R) on his way for a vote at the Capitol January 15, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Getty Images)

A Republican Congressman from New York recently turned to Fox News to issue a scalding criticism of President Obama for taking unilateral action to extend high speed Internet to virtually every school in America.

Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) took issue with President Obama asking the Federal Communications Commission to raise a fee that would help pay for the Internet program reportedly estimated to cost taxpayers $4 billion to $6 billion.

"It's just a flagrant, you know, disregard not just for the current Congress," Grimm reportedly said. "Look, it's not about me personally. That's not what this is about. You think about who is the Congress? It really — it is the voice of the people."

Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) Michael Grimm (R-NY) (R) on his way for a vote at the Capitol January 15, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Getty Images)

"He [President Obama] has an agenda and he's going to do whatever he has to do to pass that agenda, regardless of the Constitution," he added. "I mean, I think our founding fathers are turning over in the graves right now because he's just so blatant in his — the administrators, the people he puts in charge of these agencies are bold and brazen about saying, 'yes, we're going to make an end run around Congress.'"

A White House spokesman told The Hill the FEC will independently decide whether or not to raise the fee, but added the President is independently acting because of "dysfunction in Congress."

"Unfortunately, we haven't seen a lot of action in Congress, so the president has advocated an administrative, unilateral action to get this done," Josh Earnest, a White House spokesman, said. "We're not going to wait for Congress to act."

Grimm fired back, saying any dysfunction in Congress is because of the president's poor leadership.

"Leadership is about leading. The president hasn't led!" Grimm said, adding he has never once been invited to the White House to discuss policy.

(H/T: The Hill)

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