House Speaker John Boehner announced today at a press conference that he is seeking legal action against President Barack Obama over his alleged abuse of his executive power, which Boehner has long criticized.
Boehner said he, on behalf of the House of Representatives, will look into suing the president in a lawsuit that could last for years, getting tied up in courts. Boehner said the action will not involve impeachment whatsoever.
“This is not about impeachment,” Boehner said. “This is about his faithfully executing the laws of our country.”
“This is about defending the institution in which we serve,” he said. “You know, if you look back over the last 235 years of our history, there’s been a movement between the inherent powers of the executive branch and the inherent powers of the legislative branch.
“And what we’ve seen clearly over the last five years is an effort to erode the power of the legislative branch,” the Speaker continued. “I believe the president is not faithfully executing the laws of our country, and on behalf of the institution and the Constitution, standing up and fighting for this is in the best long-term interest of the Congress.”
House and Senate Republicans have for years criticized Obama for crossing-the-line when it came to implementing his healthcare overhaul, known as Obamacare, and the implementation of specific immigration laws by executive order. Obama’s executive orders count, today, totals 172 which were signed between his first and second term so far.
In typical Nancy Pelosi fashion, the House Minority Leader said the action was just a political move to round up support against Democrats in time for the November midterm elections, calling Boehner’s action “subterfuge.”
“I make of it as subterfuge,” she said. “They’re doing nothing here. So they have to give some aura of activity.”
According to the Hill, a congressional aide for Boehner said more details about the lawsuit will be available later today. The lawsuit has not been filed yet, but Boehner said he plans to proceed.