Speaker of the House John Boehner is planning to file a lawsuit against President Obama for excessive use of executive power, according to NBC News. The lawsuit has been rumored for some time now, with Boehner confirming it on Wednesday.
The president has side-stepped congress on a number of issues, often painting them as obstructionist and difficult to work with. In January, he said “I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone,” an implicit threat to go around Congress if they were to oppose his agenda.
When asked about the lawsuit, Boehner said “You know the constitution makes it clear that the president’s job is to faithfully execute the laws and in my view the President has not faithfully executed the law.”
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called the lawsuit a “subterfuge” and said that she believes it is meant to distract from a “do-nothing agenda” in a midterm election year. She also added that she hopes Boehner will not go forward with the lawsuit, and begin acting like an “adult.”
Boehner also made it clear that this lawsuit will not lead to impeachment proceedings, saying "This is not about impeachment, this is about his faithfully executing the laws of our country," Boehner said.
The president has issued a total of 172 executive orders during his presidency, according to the National Archives, including five this year. That number puts him on the low end of recent presidents, with only George H. W. Bush and Gerald Ford issuing fewer.
“This is about defending the institution in which we serve. If you look back over the past 235 years of our history there's been movement between the inherent powers of the executive branch vs the inherent powers of the legislative branch and what we've seen clearly over the past 5 years is an effort to erode the power of the legislative branch,” said Boehner.