The House cast an historical vote Wednesday that could rope in President Obama’s loose interpretation of the Constitution. The bill would expedite congressional lawsuits against the chief executive for failure to enforce federal laws.
The vote was 233-181 in the Republican-led House. The representatives voting for the bill cited the four-year struggle with the disastrous Obamacare rollout and the president’s multiple revisions of the federal law.
Also cited were steps taken to allow young immigrants to remain in the United States and the administration's resistance to defend the federal law banning gay marriage.
The White House has threatened a veto which did little to restrain the House vote.
An exasperated Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and chairman of the Judiciary Committee said, "Throughout the Obama presidency we have seen a pattern: President Obama circumvents Congress when he doesn't get his way."
The measure stands no chance in the Democratic-led Senate.
The bill would provide quickly-reviewed civil lawsuits against the president if that president "failed to meet the requirement of Article II, section 3, clause 17, of the Constitution of the United States to take care that a law be faithfully executed."
After speeded-up litigation, any appeals would be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Republicans have complained for years concerning delays on several deadlines of the Affordable Care Act that the president signed into law in April, 2010. Republicans also have assailed Obama for tougher action on the environment.
Rep. John Conyers, a close ally of the president, drew some strange comparisons throughout history to highlight Obama’s dabbling in what is already law. That included President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation declaring the freedom of all slaves and President Harry S. Truman's integration of the military.
Rep. Conyers is the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Republicans were stalling on immigration overhaul but finding time for the bill on lawsuits that he said would impede the president in limiting deportation of young immigrants. “It’s pretty amazing that today House Republicans went in the opposite direction by passing legislation targeting the deferred action for childhood arrivals policy that removed the threat of deportation for young people brought to this country as children, known as DREAMers."
It appears Carney is mixing political apples with political oranges.
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