Speaker Boehner Announces Plans To Sue President Obama

Source: Rebecca Kaplan / CBS News

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, announced Wednesday that he’s pushing the House of Representatives to sue President Obama “in an effort to compel the president to follow his oath of office and faithfully execute the laws of our country.”

He did not say which specific laws the suit will say the president has not enforced, although he wrote in a letter addressed to his House colleagues that Mr. Obama has “run an end-around on the American people and their elected legislators” on issues ranging from health care, to energy, to foreign policy and education.

“On one matter after another during his presidency, President Obama has circumvented the Congress through executive action, creating his own laws and excusing himself from executing statutes he is sworn to enforce – at times even boasting about his willingness to do it, as if daring the America people to stop him,” Boehner said. He warned that allowing the pattern to continue unchecked ” 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.”

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said that the president had taken action consistent with this executive authority because of Republican opposition. Now, he said, they have “shifted their opposition into a higher gear.”

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  • juanmas53

    Speaker Boehner cannot sue the president because the House is only half the legislative branch and does not represent the entire legislative branch. Since the constitution creates 3 branches of government and not 4, the Senate would have to be involved in any lawsuit in order for it to have standing!
    Why? It takes both the House & the Senate to pass a bill that can become a law. Therefore they both must act together as a unit, the legislative branch, in order to sue the executive branch!