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House Republicans Make Shameful History By Voting 227-195 To Sue President Obama

Posted by on Jul. 30, 2014 at 6:13 PM
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By a vote of 227-195, the House voted to move forward with John Boehner’s lawsuit against President Obama.

The debate before the vote featured Democrats calling the lawsuit stupid and a waste of time, while Republicans claimed that they had no idea what the Democrats were talking about.

Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) said that the lawsuit was an attempt to placate the birthers and the tea partiers, but they will never be satisfied. He also said that Republicans are devastated that the ACA is working. McGovern said, “This is show business at its worst. Enough of this stupidity.”


Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) called Boehner’s lawsuit an abuse of power. He said, “I know what you’re doing. The American people know what you are doing. You are using this lawsuit in your neverending campaign to discredit President Obama.”

Democratic Leader Pelosi (D-CA) asked why John Boehner hasn’t said that impeachment is off the table. She said that the House has precious few hours before they go on a five week vacation, but Republicans are putting the needs of special interests and those who want impeachment ahead of the nation. Later Pelosi said, “If you don’t want your people saying impeachment then tell them that impeachment is off the table. That’s what I had to do.”

Rep. Rich Nugent (R-FL) claimed that he had no idea what the Democrats were talking about, and blamed Senate Democrats for House Republicans wasting time on suing President Obama instead of passing legislation.


This lawsuit is doomed. Republicans are arguing that the lawsuit is about making a stand and showing that the House is relevant. The problem is that it isn’t Barack Obama who made the House irrelevant. John Boehner’s inability to control his own caucus.

The great irony is that Speaker Boehner has done more to fire up Democrats than he has to inspire Republicans. The public opposition to this move has been widely known, but House Republicans only care about what will play well back home in their own gerrymandered districts. The Obama lawsuit is a diversion. House Republicans don’t want the country to see the horrible job that they have done.

The House vote was historic for all of the wrong reasons. This is how the legislative process should never operate. The lawsuit will be tossed out of court, but not before millions of taxpayer dollars are wasted. The lawsuit has been a godsend for Democrats, and this vote today made the Boehner lawsuit the political gift that will keep on giving.


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-Celestial-
by Platinum Member on Jul. 30, 2014 at 6:15 PM

Te House voted 225 to 201 Wednesday to sue President Obama for exceeding his executive authority, launching an unprecedented legal challenge by a congressional body against a president.

GOP leaders say the lawsuit is intended to restore balance between the executive and legislative branches. They accuse the Obama administration of repeatedly circumventing Congress to change existing laws.

Democrats call the suit a political stunt and say the president has resorted to using his executive powers because of congressional inaction and gridlock.

Wednesday’s vote only reinforced the growing distrust between Democrats and Republicans and became a partisan rallying cry for both parties.

The resolution approved by the House in a near-party-line vote authorizes House Speaker John A. Boehner to file suit in federal court on behalf of the full body “to seek appropriate relief” for Obama’s failure to enforce a provision of the Affordable Care Act that would impose a penalty on businesses that did not offer basic health insurance to their employees.


That provision’s effective date has been delayed twice by the administration and now won’t fully take effect until 2016.

Even as it seeks to sue Obama now for failing to enforce the provision, the GOP-led House has voted several times to repeal the entire health law.

When he unveiled the suit, Boehner insisted it was about more than just Obama.

“If this president can get away with making his own laws, future presidents will have the ability to as well.  The House has an obligation to stand up for the legislative branch,” he said.


Democrats warned the suit could be the first step toward impeaching Obama. The latter point has become a staple of campaign messaging for Democrats as they seek to defy the historical trend in which a president’s party loses seats in the midterm of his second term.

The committee charged with electing more Democrats to the House announced this week it has raised more than $7 million since the suit was announced.

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-house-votes-to-sue-obama-20140730-story.html

vanillalattemom
by on Jul. 30, 2014 at 6:25 PM
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Idiots just wasting more of our money on stupid bs!
AdrianneHill
by Silver Member on Jul. 30, 2014 at 6:33 PM
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Sister Mary Francis. Just because they know it's a stint doesn't keep them from being damn stupid. And petty and vindictive and small minded. And do consumed by hatred, they're willing to burn down the country if there's a chance it might singe Obama.
-Celestial-
by Platinum Member on Jul. 30, 2014 at 7:08 PM
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Can we sue the GOP for not doing their job..

MomTiara19
by Silver Member on Jul. 30, 2014 at 7:53 PM
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Very very shameful indeed.

Republicans sued the president for delaying implementing Obamacare to businesses.That they themselves wanted him to delay,and voted for him to delay????

They are a bunch of yahoos.


MomTiara19
by Silver Member on Jul. 30, 2014 at 7:55 PM
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Quoting -Celestial-:

Can we sue the GOP for not doing their job..

I wish we could.Better yet I wish they could be fired.


lizzielouaf
by Bronze Member on Jul. 30, 2014 at 8:07 PM

A precious few hours before vacation? They're still gonna go on vacation?

jcribb16
by Primrose Foxglove on Jul. 30, 2014 at 8:10 PM
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If he did his job, abiding by our Constitution, and staying within the boundaries of the Executive Branch, and consulted/worked with Congress instead of going around them, then there wouldn't be a need for a lawsuit against him.  

The problem, now, is even if he were to be impeached at this late stage, it will just be another Clinton episode of still working even though impeached.

Sisteract
by Socialist Hippie on Jul. 30, 2014 at 8:12 PM

Great show of fiscal responsibility- not


fireangel5
by Bronze Member on Jul. 30, 2014 at 8:12 PM
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He does, so why not them? No one in Washington really seems to want to do shit to take care of the American people. 

Quoting lizzielouaf:

A precious few hours before vacation? They're still gonna go on vacation?


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