In an interview on 60 Minutes last month, the Republican Speaker of the House, Rep. Paul Ryan, was being asked about his opinions of Donald Trump. One of his answers included the following quote (emphasis is mine):

"We've talked about the Constitution, Article 1 of the Constitution, the separation of powers. He feels very strongly actually that under President Obama's watch, he's stripped a lot of power away from the Constitution, away from the legislative branch of government, and we want to reset the balance of power so that people and the constitution are rightfully restored."

Source: full televised segment (starts at 2:08)

Question: Has power been stripped from the Constitution (e.g. powers or responsibilities of the government's system of checks & balances) during President Obama term?

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    Is this going to be mainly opinion-based?
    – Oddthinking
    Jan 8 '17 at 2:53
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    In a definitional sense, no. In a practical sense, perhaps. His use of executive orders at times has raised a few eyebrows, but congress can undo any of them.
    – fredsbend
    Jan 8 '17 at 2:59
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    This really should be on Politics. Jan 8 '17 at 3:46
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    Congress can't undo executive orders without a friendly president or enough votes to override a veto. And it's exactly things like that that make this difficult for Skeptics.SE. An answer is going to include a lot of original research and/or links to partisan sites. And careful definitions would allow answers to go either way. I.e. answers will tend to explain someone's opinions.
    – Brythan
    Jan 8 '17 at 4:53
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    As a fairly non-partisan American observer of the political scene, I can't see that Obama used executive orders to a much greater or lesser degree than his predecessor in office. Maybe what Mr. Ryan really means is that he doesn't like what Obama did with executive orders.
    – jamesqf
    Jan 8 '17 at 5:41

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