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."

Comments

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.

Sarrak

First - Condi Rice and Herman Cain, both African Americans, are likely to run for President next time. Condi Rice might even win.
Second - Bush 43 was vilified far beyond what Obama has been. Have you forgotten so soon?
Third - I do not think Obama's race is the governing factor here - it is his colossal misjudgment on things like Benghazi, the VA scandal, the IRS scandal, the Ukraine coup, any one of which would have been likely to have gotten prior Presidents removed. His race may be the one thing that has allowed him to remain in office.

deertracker

What planet are you on?

pntbutterandjelly

@ Sarrak; Bush should have been imprisoned, if for nothing else, than his stupidity.

jazzbo

Condi Rice and Herman Cain ? Sheeesh !

I wouldn't vote for them even if they were Democrats.

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JMOP

Deertracker,

I can't stand Obama, not because of his skin, but his ideology, and policies.

In fact, I really do want a black man for president. He's not even half white. I would love For Dr. Benjamin Carson to run.

The man is aligned with my views 100% so far.

deertracker

What ideology and policy are you referring to? Dr. Carson would NEVER EVER get elected. I'm done putting Black men through this political torture.
Every time the obvious is pointed out there are those like you and Sarrak that try to advocate for Blacks. It's so phony and fake. Nice try, wrong guy!

Donegan

" I'm done putting Black men through this political torture."
You are a admitted Racist. When you divide people by the color of their skin you are a racist. (We all knew that already but it is nice you have finally admitted it)

Nemesis

Because in deertracker's world, if Obama told you that drinking bleach was a good idea, and you disagreed, it would be because you were racist.

be for real

impeach him!!!!!!! failure

Really are you ...

Sue them all. Sue all the members of Congress. The majority of them have held their congressional seats for multiple presidencies. And it has been multiple presidencies of failure. Still the members of congress work for their own personal interests, not being the voice for the people of the State they represent. Sue them all for repeatedly not doing their job. Sue them for failing America in general.

SamAdams

Do I agree that Obama has overstepped his Constitutional authority? Yes. And he's done so repeatedly! But do I agree with Speaker Boehner's lawsuit? No, I don't, and here's why not: The Constitution -- you know, the one the President has so many difficulties understanding and following? -- already specifies the remedy: IMPEACHMENT.

Oh, I'm all too well aware that the Senate collectively lacks both the principles and the fortitude to vote for impeachment. I've little doubt that House members are more worried about being painted as racist at the height of campaign season than they are about the laws they swore to uphold. But a lawsuit won't fix that, and it probably won't curb the excesses coming out of the White House and its myriad czars, either.

What WILL a lawsuit do? Cost taxpayer dollars. Give Democrats another excuse (like they actually need one, but still) to make accusations of racism. Divide the American public still further. And DISTRACT the American public from the very real and very deadly scandals engineered, abetted, and defended by the Obama administration.

If Speaker Boehner determines to use the Constitutional remedy for really, REALLY bad and law-breaking Presidents, I'm in. If Speaker Boehner moves forward with the lawsuit? Well, while I'd wish him every success in the world, I see a whole lot of drawbacks and not much benefit. While that may be business-as-usual in Congress, I'd just as much prefer Congress adheres to the Constitution as I would the White House!

deertracker

What laws was broken?

SamAdams

Rewriting laws duly passed (wrongly in many cases, but still passed) by Congress. Making "recess appointments" when the Senate wasn't in recess. Refusing to enforce laws duly passed when he happens to personally disagree with them. Usurping the authority of the Senate in connection with treaties when ratification is doubtful. And on and on and on...

These, of course, are in direct conflict with the Constitution itself. In more "conventional" legal matters, there's lying to Congress, directing others to lie to Congress, clandestine involvement with foreign governments (ala Iran Contra which you doubtless didn't support), ongoing cover-ups, etc.

The fact the man is in way over his head and is lazy to boot isn't illegal. It's just disgusting.

deertracker

What law was broken Sham!??

grumpy

SCOTUS just slapped down his recess appointments, that he tried to push through when the Senate was not in recess.

I don't know if that constitutes breaking the law but it was declared unconstitutional and is now null and voided.

deertracker

The question was whether or not they were in recess. Nice try, wrong guy!

http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/...

The Big Dog's back

When you prove them wrong, they put up their right wingnut shields, allowing no facts to enter.

Darwin's choice

That is an incredible statement from you!

You've been proven wrong,and still blatantly lie and make false fact accusations, and rarely, if ever provide a source for your statements.

obama/still failing

grumpy

"allowing no facts to enter."

What I said in my post:

"I don't know if that constitutes breaking the law but it was declared unconstitutional and is now null and voided."

What facts did I shield? I stated that I didn't know if it was a law. (turned out to be a Constitutional power, not a law passed bu Congress) Care to point out what facts were "shielded"? obama tried to use a power he didn't have and was slapped down 9-0, wasn't even close.

I suggest you read what I actually wrote, not what you wish I had written. Facts are hard to dispute when they are written right in front of you.

Bet we don't hear from piddles on what he claimed.

grumpy

What is the matter piddles? don't want to deal with the facts? Can't prove what you claimed when it is obvious that you didn't read what I actually wrote and tried to twist what I actually wrote? Typical of your posts, no facts to back your contention.

Babo

The Constitution is the supreme law of the land and all laws descend from the Constitution. (See Article VI US Constitution) Therefore a violation of a constitutional provision as determined by the Supreme Court of the US is a very serious violation of the law. President Obama's response to the Court's decision ruling his recess appointments unconstitutional was we disagree with the Court but will obey the Court.

The President's attitude of continuing to disagree with the Court really bothers me because it indicates a lack of respect for separation of powers and that the President will continue to push the issue until caught. Thus, the importance of the House's proposed lawsuit as it seeks ultimately to have the US Supreme Court rule on the issue of separation of powers and vindicating the right of Congress to make the law (as construed by the Supreme Court) that the President is to enforce.

I'm no fan of Boehner but it's depressing that every important constitutional issue on these comment boards degrades into extreme partisanship and name calling. It should be important to any American regardless of politics that the Constitution and separation of powers be upheld and vindicated. For that reason, I support Boehner and the House in this effort.

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The Hero Zone

Well said Babo.

Nemesis

"When you prove them wrong, they put up their right wingnut shields, allowing no facts to enter."

You mean like those right wingnuts Sotomayer and Ginsburg? It was the 11th straight 9-0 decision against the administration's overreach.

Donegan

http://www.thepoliticalinsider.c...
"The law requires the defense secretary to notify relevant congressional committees at least 30 days before making any transfers of prisoners, to explain the reason and to provide assurances that those released would not be in a position to reengage in activities that could threaten the United States or its interests."
That's one law broken. There are plenty more.
(His admin murdered a citizen without trial, That make him a murderer.)http://www.salon.com/2011/10/20/...

pntbutterandjelly

The American people should sue the Republican House members for dereliction of duty.

pntbutterandjelly

The American people should sue the Republican House members for dereliction of duty. John Boehner is all mouth and no azz.