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Republican lawsuit against Obama to cost taxpayers $500 an hour, up to $350,000

In another story of partisan politics, the Republican led House of Representatives will spend $350,000 to sue President Obama. When breaking the numbers down further, Republicans will invest $500 an hour in what could possibly be the first step toward impeaching the president.

peaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) (2nd R) on his way back to his office after a vote on the floor August 1, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
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Citing an abuse of using the executive order, the House of Representatives voted along party lines to sue President Obama. In a report from Politico on Monday, the last straw for House Republicans was President Obama delaying the Affordable Care Act's mandate for employers. The Washington law firm BakerHostetler will represent the House of Representatives, costing tax payers $500 an hour, not to exceed $350,000.

Democrats have accused Republicans of just playing politics, noting that a lawsuit is just the first step in a grander plan to try to impeach President Obama. In a statement, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi stated that, "Republicans have handed a $500-an-hour, no-bid contract to a Washington law firm for a lawsuit that lays the groundwork for impeachment and rallies the most extreme elements of the Republican Party."

Though Republicans have accused President Obama of executive overreach when it comes to the use of executive orders, their claims fall short. Conservative chain e-mails have even noted that President Obama has made over 1,000 executive orders. but the fact checking website Politifact rated those claims "pants on fire," false. According to PBS Newshour, the actual number of executive orders issued by the president is only 183. Republicans prop this number up, but Obama's "overreach" falls way behind many other modern presidents. Democrat Bill Clinton signed off on 364 executive orders during his time in office, while Republicans George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan issued 291 and 381 executive orders respectively.

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