11 July 2014, 13:16

Boehner Moves Ahead on Obama Lawsuit

House Speaker John Boehner is pushing forward with his pending lawsuit against US President Barack Obama.

House Speaker John Boehner is pushing forward with his pending lawsuit against US President Barack Obama.

House Speaker John Boehner is pushing forward with his pending lawsuit against US President Barack Obama.

By Kate Zickel

WASHINGTON (VR) — House Speaker John Boehner is pushing forward with his pending lawsuit against US President Barack Obama over delays in the new health care law. While Boehner did not specify which aspects of the ACA his proposed congressional lawsuit would challenge, the speaker said Thursday that the suit will focus mainly on the administration’s decision to delay the requirement that certain employers provide health coverage to their employees. Reviews of Boehner’s decision to sue the President are mixed.

“I don’t approve of that at all,” said Ron, a local construction worker, adding that his inbox has been flooded with emails about the lawsuit. Deanna Candler of Washington D.C., however, disagrees. “I think it’s the right move,” she said, “Obama has definitely overstepped his constitutional authority, and Congress is taking him to task!”

Boehner specifically challenged Obama’s choice to delay the mandate in a press release, saying the President overstepped his authority. “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. 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 White House quickly shot back, arguing that the lawsuit, along with Boehner’s allegations, is a waste of time. “It is disappointing that Speaker Boehner and Congressional Republicans have decided to waste time and taxpayer dollars on a political stunt,” the White House stated, “As the President said [Thursday], he is doing his job – lawsuit or not – and it’s time Republicans in Congress did theirs."

Anger from the Republican party stems mainly from the President’s use of executive action to circumvent the legislature, which many argue is an offense worthy of impeachment. As the Speaker put it, the President is accused of “basically rewriting law to make it fit his own needs." Obama, however, sees it differently. During a speech in Austin, Texas on Thursday, the President ridiculed Republicans and asserted he has issued executive orders at a lower rate than previous presidents.

“They actually plan to sue me,” he said, “Now, I don’t know which things they find most offensive -- me helping to create jobs, or me raising wages, or me easing the student loan burdens, or me making sure women can find out whether they’re getting paid the same as men for doing the same job. I don’t know which of these actions really bugs them. “

The House Rules Committee is expected to review a draft of the lawsuit next Wednesday. If approved, the lawsuit will then continue to the House for approval.

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