House will sue Obama

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Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Wednesday said he plans to sue President Obama on behalf of the House over his frequent use of executive actions that Republicans believe are beyond his authority.

During his weekly Capitol press conference, the Speaker accused the president of violating his oath of office by not “faithfully executing the laws of our country.” But Boehner said the lawsuit would not lead to an attempt to remove Obama from office.

“This is not about impeachment,” Boehner said. “This is about his faithfully executing the laws of our country.”

The Speaker would not say what specific executive actions the House would challenge, although Republicans have long complained that Obama has exceeded his authority in the various delays the administration has announced in implementing the healthcare law, as well as the president’s enforcement of immigration laws.

A lawsuit could take years to wind through the courts and outlast the Obama presidency. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Tuesday called the move “subterfuge,” but Boehner denied it was designed to gin up the Republican base ahead of the November midterm elections.



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