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House GOP moves ahead on lawsuit against Obama

By Donna Cassata

Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 03:07 p.m. HST, Jul 10, 2014


WASHINGTON » House Republicans took the initial step on Thursday to sue President Barack Obama over the administration's decision to delay the employer mandate of the health care law.

The office of Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, released a draft of the resolution that would authorize the House to file suit amid GOP criticism that the president has declined to faithfully execute the laws of the country.

"In 2013, the president changed the health care law without a vote of Congress, effectively creating his own law by literally waiving the employer mandate and the penalties for failing to comply with it," Boehner said in a statement. "That's not the way our system of government was designed to work. No president should have the power to make laws on his or her own."

The so-called employer mandate was written into the law as a guardrail to discourage employers from shifting workers into taxpayer-subsidized coverage. Under those rules, companies with 50 to 99 workers must provide coverage or pay a $2,000-per-worker fine.

The administration gave businesses an extra year to comply with the health care law's requirement to offer coverage.

The House Rules Committee has scheduled a hearing on the resolution next week, with a House vote later this month.

Obama has called the GOP effort a "stunt" and criticized lawmakers for inaction on legislation such as a stalled bill to overhaul the nation's immigration system.

"I mean, think about that," Obama said Thursday in Austin, Texas, as he criticized Republicans anew. Addressing them, he said: "You're going to use taxpayer money to sue me for doing my job, while you don't do your job."

White House press secretary Josh Earnest reiterated that position and linked it to economic initiatives, saying in a statement that "Republican leaders in Congress are playing Washington politics rather than working with the president on behalf of hardworking Americans."

Drew Hammill, a spokesman for Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, said the effort was a waste of taxpayer dollars. "This lawsuit is just another distraction from House Republicans desperate to distract the American people from their own spectacular obstruction and dysfunction," Hamill said.

Boehner's actions on the lawsuit come as some Republicans are demanding a far more formidable step — impeachment.

Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and others have called for Obama's impeachment. Boehner said Thursday that he disagrees with those calls, but asserts that others can make a determination on their own whether the chief executive deserves it.

Obama made light of the calls for impeachment while in Texas. "You hear some of them — 'sue him,' 'impeach him.' Really?" he asked to laughter. "Really? For what?"







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serious wrote:
And now "we" have been caught spying against one of our chief allies. I wish our President would give AF One a rest from his every third day of fund raising and do what he was elected to do: show a little leadership.
on July 10,2014 | 03:33PM
hapaguy wrote:
I'm just curious, did you make similar comments about "W" when he spent over 487 days vacationing at Camp David and another 490 days on his ranch in Crawford Texas, clearing brush?
on July 10,2014 | 03:54PM
Merrill6119 wrote:
As long as they use personal or private funds for this lawsuit, I don't really care. They should not use taxpayers' fund and I hope they asked their constituents if it's in the voters' best interest.
on July 10,2014 | 03:36PM
suzyq47 wrote:
(Obama)You're doing a good job on your own...don't need those republicans....they just like to hassel you because they can't have their way but hey...you are the president...put them away those idiots!
on July 10,2014 | 03:38PM
ClearHeaded wrote:
The republican party has become infested with extremists that don't give a damn about the people in the U.S. They only care about getting the big bucks from the rich fascists like the Kochs. Money equals power. I've never seen such a sick bunch.
on July 10,2014 | 04:07PM
Ronin006 wrote:
It is shocking how little Americans, including those commenting about this story, know about the Constitution of the United States, also known as the Law of the Land. Under the Constitution, Congress and only congress can make and change laws. The President’s authority under the Constitution is to faithfully execute laws passed by Congress. If the President does not like a law or a provision thereof, he can request that it be changed by Congress. That is not what Obama is doing. What he is doing is issuing executive orders to change laws he does not like, particularly those that interfere with his political agenda, and is a blatant violation of the Constitution and a violation of his oath of office as president to support and defend the Constitution and to faithfully execute laws passed by congress. These are impeachable offenses.
on July 10,2014 | 05:24PM
localguy wrote:
Hey, when Congress willfully can't do their job, can't pass a budget, wastes billions of tax payer's money, someone has to take charge.
on July 10,2014 | 05:49PM
Anonymous wrote:
Sorry, but Ronin006 is correct. The founding fathers of this nation crafted the government with checks and balances so no one branch of government could usurp another branches responsibility. The Emperor must execute the laws of the land that's why it is called the Executive Branch. Congress has the responsibility to pass laws that one would assume are in the best interests of the Majority of the American public. This point is debatable but that is the function of Congress. Finally we have the Judicial Branch who interprets/clarifies the laws that have been passed. The Executive Branch has no authority to make laws which the Emperor has conveniently overlooked and thinks the majority of the people do not understand the functions of each Branch. This usurpation of power is very troubling to the extent this will set a precedent and encourage an autocratic form of government in the future....very scary.
on July 10,2014 | 07:54PM
localguy wrote:
John Boehner, R-Ohio has to be the most incompetent, senile, dysfunctional speaker ever. Knowing his political career is sinking faster than a lead weight is throwing out all sorts of issues hoping just one will result in a positive photo op. Nice try Johnny boy, you need to resign and go back home. Oh, and take McConnell, Reid, and Pelosi with you. Don't go away mad, just go away.
on July 10,2014 | 05:48PM
soundofreason wrote:
""You're going to use taxpayer money to sue me for doing my job, while you don't do your job.">>>FUNDING the flow of illegals BEFORE you plug the hole, doesn't do a lot of good to solving the CAUSE of the problem. Kinda like buying a new toilet seat because the toilet is overflowing.
on July 10,2014 | 06:45PM
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