GOP Speaker John Boehner continued his onslaught of Barack Obama this week, announcing today that the House plans to file a lawsuit against the president, accusing Obama of “failing to carry out the laws of Congress” and for misusing Execute Orders to get his way.
The Republican-controlled House’s election-year lawsuit is seen by some as nothing more than a gimmick to further discredit the president. Boehner would not release any specific details of the lawsuit, though Republicans have been quite vocal with Obama’s buffet-style, pick-and-choose oversight on issues such as healthcare reform and immigration.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest said the Republicans have hamstrung the president at every opportunity and have forced him to use executive authority.
“The fact that they are considering a taxpayer-funded lawsuit against the president of the United States for doing his job, I think, is the kind of step that most Americans wouldn’t support,” Earnest said.
Republicans argue that the President is breaching his constitutional power by side-stepping the legislative process. Obama has used executive actions as a way to bypass a deeply divided Congress, avoiding inaction on issues the White House has made hallmarks of the President's second term agenda.
So far, the Republican-controlled House has passed two bills aimed at curbing executive orders by the President, neither of which have gone anywhere in the Democratic-controlled Senate.
Boehner said this latest move is not about that, though most political pundits would disagree. “This is not about impeachment. This is about (Obama’s) faithfully executing the laws of our country,” he said.
“This is about defending the institution in which we serve,” he said. “What we’ve seen clearly over the last five years is an effort to erode the power of the legislative branch.”
A few weeks ago, Boehner slammed Obama for “taking a nap” on the unstable situation in Iraq.
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said the threat iof the lawsuit was nothing more than a “subterfuge” and said Republicans in Congress are “doing nothing” and so “they have to give some aura of activity.”