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Taco John 06-25-2014 04:02 PM

House Republicans to Sue Obama
House Republicans to Sue Obama

Alex Rogers

Objections to the Administration's executive actions

The House of Representatives will sue President Barack Obama for not “faithfully executing” the law, Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday, though he declined to say which of Obama’s actions the House will challenge in court.

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“What we’ve seen certainly over the last five years is an effort to erode the power of the legislative branch,” Boehner said. “I believe the President is not faithfully executing the laws of the country and on behalf of the institution and our constitution, standing up and fighting for this is in the best long-term interest of the Congress.”

While Boehner has yet to announce the details of the forthcoming lawsuit, House Republicans have strongly opposed numerous unilateral decisions made by the Obama Administration, including halting deportations of immigrants who were brought to the country as children, postponing provisions of the Affordable Care Act and raising the minimum wage for federal contractors. In a letter to House members Wednesday, Boehner said he intends to bring legislation to the floor in July to “compel” Obama to follow his oath of office

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest didn’t say whether Obama and Boehner had discussed the lawsuit when the Speaker was at the White House Tuesday, and he criticized House Republicans for taking their opposition of the President into “a gear that I didn’t know previously existed.”

“The fact that they are considering a taxpayer funded lawsuit against the President of the United States for doing his job, I think, is the kind of step that most Americans wouldn’t support,” Earnest said. “This lawsuit is certainly not something that is going to consume the attention of the White House.”

Boehner could summon the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group to decide on whether or not to sue the President on behalf of the House, according to Roll Call, which first reported on the lawsuit. The panel consists of the top three House Republican leaders, including the Speaker, and the top two Democratic leaders. The group acts on a majority vote. Boehner last convened the panel in 2011 when the White House said it would no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday that the Republicans wasted $2.3 million in taxpayer money defending the law.

“I make of it as subterfuge,” Pelosi said of the new House Republican plan to sue Obama. “As I’ve said they are doing nothing here and so they have to give some aura of activity.

“He hasn’t come anywhere near what Republican presidents have done on executive orders,” Pelosi added.

“Not only does the President regularly ignore the law, he brags about it,” Boehner said. “And he brags about his willingness to change it unilaterally. First the Administration makes the wrong decisions. Then it won’t give the American people the straight answers. Instead it’s arrogance and incompetence right down the line. I think Americans deserve better. And the House will continue to listen to the American people and make their priorities our priorities.”

Taco John 06-25-2014 04:03 PM

You'll notice that they're not using the word "impeachment." But that's essentially what this is - they're launching impeachment hearings - or more specifically, hearings that they hope will lead to impeachment.

Now quickly. Find what popular news sources that you use are currently reporting on this.

Taco John 06-25-2014 04:05 PM

"This is not about impeachment," Boehner said. "This is about faithfully executing the laws of our country."

The statement in itself is an oxymoron...

Donger 06-25-2014 04:06 PM

Donger 06-25-2014 04:07 PM

Taco John 06-25-2014 04:08 PM


Originally Posted by Donger (Post 10714946)

Buried deep on their home page:

donkhater 06-25-2014 04:08 PM

If they have reasons to impeach, they should. Just like if the Dems had a reason to impeach Bush.

The quid pro quo between the parties regarding the check of the Executive branch is why Congress has been effectively neutered.

Donger 06-25-2014 04:09 PM

Donger 06-25-2014 04:09 PM

Donger 06-25-2014 04:10 PM

Front page headlines on all of them.

Taco John 06-25-2014 04:10 PM


Originally Posted by Donger (Post 10714949)

Down the page a bit... The NBC news layout is terrible...

Taco John 06-25-2014 04:11 PM

Drudge has nothing on it at all:

Taco John 06-25-2014 04:13 PM

Buried below the top stories on politico...

Eleazar 06-25-2014 04:15 PM

They certainly are not faithfully executing the immigration laws, and they've created a humanitarian crisis that needs to be stopped.

Taco John 06-25-2014 04:15 PM

Of course, this is done on purpose. It's a great PR ploy by the Republicans to pull this off during the primary news cycle, allowing their opening salvo to impeach the president to largely fly under the radar.

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