Boehner says House plans to sue Obama

Speaker: President is "straining the boundaries of the solumn oath he took on Inauguration Day"
Associated Press
Jun 25, 2014

 The House will vote next month on legislation authorizing a campaign-season lawsuit accusing President Barack Obama of failing to carry out the laws passed by Congress, Speaker John Boehner announced on Wednesday.

In a memo distributed to House members, Boehner, R-Ohio, accused Obama of "aggressive unilateralism" and said if left unchecked, it would give the president "king-like authority at the expense of the American people and their elected legislators."

White House press secretary Josh Earnest dismissed any suggestion that the president has failed to act within the law in issuing executive orders or taking other actions. "We feel completely confident that the president was operating within his authority as the president of the United States to take these steps on behalf of the American people," he told reporters.

Whatever the outcome of the suit in the courts, Boehner's announcement guarantees creation of yet another political struggle between Republicans and Obama and his Democratic allies in a campaign already full of them.

"On matters ranging from health care and energy to foreign policy and education, President Obama has repeatedly run an end-around" on the public and Congress, the speaker wrote. He accused him of "ignoring some statutes completely, selectively enforcing others and at times, creating laws of his own."

At a news conference, Boehner strongly brushed aside a question of whether impeachment proceedings could result from the suit.

In his memo, he stopped short of accusing the president of violating his oath of office. Instead, he said Obama was "straining the boundaries of the solemn oath he took on Inauguration Day."

Other Republicans have been less restrained. Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa., said recently the House probably has the votes to impeach Obama, although he said he wasn't calling for it. One former tea party-backed lawmaker, ex-Rep. Allen West of Florida, has called for the House to vote to remove the president from office.

Boehner also rejected a suggestion that the suit was a political move designed to give traditional Republican voters an added impetus for going to the polls this fall when control of Congress will be at stake.

But Rep. Steve Israel of New York, who chairs the Democratic campaign committee, said Boehner planned a politically motivated lawsuit," and predicted the voters would punish Republicans for it.

He accused the speaker of a "reprehensible waste of taxpayers' money and a desperate political stunt meant to gin up the Republican base at a time when House Republicans are historically unpopular."

Disputes about the balance of power between the executive branch and the Congress are as old as the Constitution under a system in which lawmakers pass laws and the president carries them out.

Boehner said the House "must act as an institution to defend the constitutional principles at stake."

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mikeylikesit

im not sure if i should laugh, or cry..

tk

Laugh. Boehner does enough crying himself.

Stop It

It really doesn't matter which you do. If you do either one hard enough, tears fall and snot runs.

deertracker

Boehner is an embarrassment to Ohio! We deserve better!

JudgeMeNot

0-bama is an embarrassment to the United States! We deserve better!

coasterfan

And...each day, House Republicans somehow manage to do/say something even more silly than the day before. It's well documented that Obama has issued fewer Executive Orders than any President over the past 30 years.

It's election season 2014...a time when any Republican who wishes to get re-elected has to move as far to the Right as possible, to avoid becoming the next Eric Cantor.

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The Hero Zone

It's not the number of orders that are the issue, it is what the orders do. Or are we going to make the case that it isn't murder if three or less bullets were used to kill the victim? Poverty isn't an issue if only X% of the population is poor?

It only takes one order to violate the Constitution and if I'm not mistaken the President has been slapped down twice by the Supreme Court.

I agree with you that both parties are doing convenient shifting. Most of it is passive-aggressive rhetoric. All of this could be better avoided with Congressional term limits.

Donegan

It is funny the only thing saving your god from impeachment is a bunch of party faithful that are not even willing to mention Obama's name in their election ad's. Face it your god is a failure.

JudgeMeNot

Totally missing the point, it's not the quantity of executive orders, it's rewriting law with executive orders.

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.

anthras

Cfan says "It's well documented that Obama has issued fewer Executive Orders than any President over the past 30 years."

I really do not think that the legal action is because of the number of orders in lieu the reason for the orders.

coasterfan

I recommend Boehner first move to sue House TeaParty members for the $23 billion the government shutdown cost U.S. Taxpayers.

Darwin's choice

Jan. 1/2014....roughly 8 million americans lost insurance today!

Thanks democrats. 2 million families. Most today still have no insurance.

There's another reason....

obama/failing

holysee

Healthcare should be a basic human right. We choose the car we drive based on what we can afford. And that's fine. Health care should not be the same. Everyone should have equal access regardless of income and a health issue should never be allowed to bankrupt anyone. Single payer for everyone. It's pretty darned sick and insane that we can fund unlimited useless wars and military might but we can't even take care of our sick without fighting about it, especially our sick veterans, who deserve to be first in line, not put on a secret waiting list. We are masters of prisons for profit and that makes the shareholders happy, just like cedar fair preferred stock makes them happy. 37 States allow corporations like Dell IBM AT&T to get Rich off of PRISON LABOR. Prisoners are making $20 per month. To put that in perspective: Bangladesh – a country that pays its workers some of the worst wages in the world – just raised their minimum wage for workers to $66 per month. Almost as many people are in prison for drug offenses in the US, than for all other crime combined. Yet the teabag billies continue to hate on
Obama beacuse of his race and accuse him of all manner of tomfoolery. Listen here and I am the authority on this for sure:
Bush2 was the worst pres by a long shot and nobody ever got upset when he issued his numerous self serving exec orders.
Sure Obama fails sometimes but the old codgers we keep sending back to congress year after year DO NOT represent the interest of their constituents and that makes the idea of this being a democracy a complete mockery. Teabaggers pklease go crawl back in a hole under one of your vacation homes.

JudgeMeNot

^^More mumble jumble ^^

If Healthcare is a basic human right, then TAXATION is a basic human right!

Meanwhile, Sick veterans wait for Obama’s promise.

jazzbo

JudgeMeNot--

So there should be no taxes is what you're saying ?

Deflect , defer ...Right-wingers hate truth.

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The Hero Zone

I'm glad you agree we need Congressional term limits.

That aside, if health care is a right, then that means someone owes you their time, skills, and labor on demand at your beck and call. In the past we called that slavery, as one example. You do not have a "right" to someone else's labor nor property (intellectual or otherwise). This word is sloppily used and thrown around so its actual meaning has become meaningless.

We can debate the merits and copious flaws of a single-payer system. But it can never be considered a "right". However if you would like the most recent example of a single-payer system that people had a "right" to, simply look at the VA. If that's what you want for everyone, you can kindly start your own commune and leave everyone else out of it save those willing to wait and receive sub-par care compared to other systems.

That was the one issue that actually brought a divided House together to vote UNANIMOUSLY to avoid.

So how about those term limits?

Sarrak

First - Speaker Boehner has proposed an imbecilic idea here - it is a half-measure and doomed to failure.
Second - Those that think Obama is being criticized because of his race have it totally backwards. Black activist Allen West has said that the only reason Obama is still President is because of his race. Any of the previous 43 presidents who governed as Obama has would have been removed long ago. But until 67 patriots can be found in the U.S. Senate that are willing to face a repeat of the 1967 race riots by voting for Obama's removal our national nightmare will continue.

Slats Grobnik

Solumn? What the heck is solumn?

YoMamma

I dont like Obama's white half!

mikeylikesit

me either. im a white, black supremacist..

The Big Dog's back

After all the right wingnuts whined about lawsuits, now the chief Repub whiner is fling a lawsuit. Get some intestinal fortitude john.

JudgeMeNot

It will forever be in the history books that 0-bama failed.

looking around

He should have kept to swobbing the john at his parents bar.

KnuckleDragger

Next time you're "looking around," why don't you look around a dictionary. "Swabbing."

looking around

You got the idea swabby.....

FalconBall

The more these idiots fight the weaker we get. If you think one is better than the other you have too much party loyalty. They are different, different in two bad ways. Get along little kids and play fair. Politicians lie and liars become politicians.

KnuckleDragger

That's the problem, you will never get a die hard liberal to "ever" admit a Dem politician is wrong. Fact is they are both heading this country down the wrong path while the rest of us fight with each other over ideology.

Julie R.

In the history of the United States, has there ever been a President treated with as much disrespect as Obama has been?

Darwin's choice

Well Julie, there is a reason.....

Worst president ever!

deertracker

No Julie, there hasn't and it is in part because of his race. The racist haters seem to forget his mother is white, hence, the one drop theory. This man has done some incredible things for this country and avenged a lot of American deaths. The usual suspects on here will always hate him regardless of any success and will cling to their racist ways. It's a way of life for those of us of color and that is why it is so easily recognized.

Yes, I voted for him TWICE but I will never vote for another Black man for President because it simply is not worth the abuse and disrespect. I can't imagine any other Black guy or woman wanting the job. I hope Hillary decides not to run. She does not deserve the treatment that is sure to visit her worse than it already has.

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