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John Boehner Says His Plan To Sue Obama Is 'Not About Impeachment'

Posted by on Jun. 26, 2014 at 1:16 PM
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John Boehner Says His Plan To Sue Obama Is 'Not About Impeachment'

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) confirmed Wednesday that he intends to sue the Obama administration over its use of executive actions, which have been used to push through initiatives without congressional approval.

"I am," he told reporters at a weekly briefing on Capitol Hill. His intention to sue the administration was reported Tuesday.

Asked if his plan could lead to impeachment proceedings in the House, as some have called for, Boehner demurred.

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

The speaker declined to provide details about which executive actions he intends to challenge in court.

"When I make that decision, I'll let you know," he said, adding that "when there is conflicts like this between the legislative and administrative branch, it's our responsibility to stand up."

"We've seen clearly an effort to erode power of the legislative branch," he added.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest dismissed the move on Wednesday,telling reporters that "most Americans wouldn't support" a "taxpayer-funded lawsuit against the president of the United States for doing his job."

Often stymied by a recalcitrant Congress, President Barack Obama declared 2014 a "year of action" and issued executive orders on immigration, the federal minimum wage and federal pay discrimination. His Environmental Protection Agency further plans to unveil unprecedented regulations to curb greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants.

Obama's executive actions have prompted some to call for his impeachment. The South Dakota Republican Party did so last week, when it passed a resolution citing in part the proposed EPA regulations. Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.) claimedthat the House could "probably" impeach Obama if the matter were brought to the floor.

UPDATE: 2:51 p.m. -- In a memo addressed to his colleagues on Wednesday, Boehner officially announced his plans to introduce legislation in July that would authorize the House General Counsel to sue the Obama administration and "compel" the president to fulfill his oath of office to enforce existing law.

"If the current president can selectively enforce, change or create laws as he chooses with impunity, without the involvement of the Legislative Branch, his successors will be able to do the same," Boehner wrote in the memo. "This shifts the balance of power decisively and dangerously in favor of the presidency, giving the president king-like authority at the expense of the American people and their elected legislators."

It's still unclear which executive actions Boehner means to challenge, but the memo names a few areas, including health care, energy, foreign policy and education, that the president has "repeatedly run an end-around on the American people."

Read the full memo here.

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PinkButterfly66
by Bronze Member on Jun. 26, 2014 at 1:24 PM
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If the House would do their damn job and pass legislation, then Obama wouldn't need to enact all those executive orders, which by the way are COMPLETELY LEGAL and Boehner knows this. 

mjmorrison
by Member on Jun. 26, 2014 at 1:35 PM
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the house does pass legislation, the dem controled senate wont bring house bills to the floor.

Quoting PinkButterfly66:

If the House would do their damn job and pass legislation, then Obama wouldn't need to enact all those executive orders, which by the way are COMPLETELY LEGAL and Boehner knows this. 


PinkButterfly66
by Bronze Member on Jun. 26, 2014 at 1:37 PM
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They've also done their share of not passing any either.  They're not doing their damn job.  They need to be bipartisan instead of acting like a bunch of toddlers.

Quoting mjmorrison:

the house does pass legislation, the dem controled senate wont bring house bills to the floor.

Quoting PinkButterfly66:

If the House would do their damn job and pass legislation, then Obama wouldn't need to enact all those executive orders, which by the way are COMPLETELY LEGAL and Boehner knows this. 


mjmorrison
by Member on Jun. 26, 2014 at 1:40 PM
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you mean bipartisan like when the dems locked the repubs out of the aca.

Quoting PinkButterfly66:

They've also done their share of not passing any either.  They're not doing their damn job.  They need to be bipartisan instead of acting like a bunch of toddlers.

Quoting mjmorrison:

the house does pass legislation, the dem controled senate wont bring house bills to the floor.

Quoting PinkButterfly66:

If the House would do their damn job and pass legislation, then Obama wouldn't need to enact all those executive orders, which by the way are COMPLETELY LEGAL and Boehner knows this. 


Pema_Jampa
by 2HotTacoTini on Jun. 26, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Locked them out? They did a televised meeting on the thing and asked Repubs to give their ideas. If they refuse to help then why would you include that person on building something?

Quoting mjmorrison:

you mean bipartisan like when the dems locked the repubs out of the aca.

Quoting PinkButterfly66:

They've also done their share of not passing any either.  They're not doing their damn job.  They need to be bipartisan instead of acting like a bunch of toddlers.

Quoting mjmorrison:

the house does pass legislation, the dem controled senate wont bring house bills to the floor.

Quoting PinkButterfly66:

If the House would do their damn job and pass legislation, then Obama wouldn't need to enact all those executive orders, which by the way are COMPLETELY LEGAL and Boehner knows this. 


Bird_on_a_wire
by Bronze Member on Jun. 26, 2014 at 1:48 PM
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Tit for tat is ridiculous.

Republicans have barred legislation from passing as have Democrats.  They ALL need to grow up and do their jobs.  

Quoting mjmorrison:

you mean bipartisan like when the dems locked the repubs out of the aca.

Quoting PinkButterfly66:

They've also done their share of not passing any either.  They're not doing their damn job.  They need to be bipartisan instead of acting like a bunch of toddlers.

Quoting mjmorrison:

the house does pass legislation, the dem controled senate wont bring house bills to the floor.

Quoting PinkButterfly66:

If the House would do their damn job and pass legislation, then Obama wouldn't need to enact all those executive orders, which by the way are COMPLETELY LEGAL and Boehner knows this. 


Pema_Jampa
by 2HotTacoTini on Jun. 26, 2014 at 1:50 PM

If the Repubs gain control of the senate they should get ready for the same shenanigans to be presented to them. Reap what we sow.

littlemum41
by Gold Member on Jun. 26, 2014 at 1:55 PM

He won't be able to sue the President. What a lame orange man.


mjmorrison
by Member on Jun. 26, 2014 at 1:56 PM

they were locked out because the dems held the mjority in both houses and didn't need to work in a bipatisan manor, they could get everything they wanted.

Quoting Pema_Jampa:

Locked them out? They did a televised meeting on the thing and asked Repubs to give their ideas. If they refuse to help then why would you include that person on building something?

Quoting mjmorrison:

you mean bipartisan like when the dems locked the repubs out of the aca.

Quoting PinkButterfly66:

They've also done their share of not passing any either.  They're not doing their damn job.  They need to be bipartisan instead of acting like a bunch of toddlers.

Quoting mjmorrison:

the house does pass legislation, the dem controled senate wont bring house bills to the floor.

Quoting PinkButterfly66:

If the House would do their damn job and pass legislation, then Obama wouldn't need to enact all those executive orders, which by the way are COMPLETELY LEGAL and Boehner knows this. 


..MoonShine..
by Bronze Member on Jun. 26, 2014 at 1:56 PM

Hmm. How quickly will his position change if a Republican gets in office, I wonder? 

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