Boehner pointed out that, "This is not about impeachment -- it's about him faithfully executing the laws of this country."
Boehner told reporters that President Obama has abused executive authority by instituting policies without the approval of Congress, and the lawsuit is to protect the Congress "under the Constitution." He also pointed out that the president has ignored laws that Congress has passed.
While Boehner said the lawsuit did not mean he was implementing impeachment proceedings, he did say. "The constitution makes it clear that the president's job is to faithfully execute the law. In my view, the president has not faithfully executed the law."
This latest bit of political upheaval comes at a time when the federal government and its agencies are under public scrutiny. The IRS, the Veterans Administration, and the U.S. Export-Import Bank are all under investigation by Congress and other law enforcement agencies.
In a memo to House Republicans Wednesday afternoon, Boehner said he plans on bringing legislation authorizing the suit before the House in July. In the memo Boehner mentions the president has abused the "balance of power decisively and dangerously" in favor of the White House -- giving the president "king-like authority." He also mentioned concerns over policies on health care, energy, 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," he wrote.
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi actually ridiculed the prospect of filing a lawsuit against the president, saying, "I make of it as subterfuge," she said. "They're doing nothing here. So they have to give some aura of activity." She finished her remarks by saying the Republican Caucus "needed an adult in the room."