Skip to comments.Boehner to Seek Bill to Sue Obama Over Executive Actions
Posted on 06/27/2014 5:01:18 PM PDT by Star Traveler
WASHINGTON Speaker John A. Boehner announced Wednesday that he would introduce legislation next month allowing the House to sue President Obama over his use of executive actions.
In a letter to lawmakers, Mr. Boehner expressed concern with what he and many in the Republican conference considered the presidents unconstitutional overreach.
The Constitution makes it clear that a presidents job is to faithfully execute the laws; in my view, the president has not faithfully executed the laws, Mr. Boehner told reporters. And when theres conflicts like this between the legislative branch and the administrative branch its, in my view, our responsibility to stand up for this institution in which we serve.
Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the Democratic leader, called Mr. Boehners move subterfuge, and Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, said that it seems that Republicans have shifted their opposition into a higher gear.
Frankly, its a gear that I didnt know previously existed, Mr. Earnest said. The fact that they are considering a taxpayer-funded lawsuit against the president of the United States for doing his job, I think, is the kind of step that most Americans wouldnt support.
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crybaby likes to kick up dust and talk about doing something than actually doing it.
he is worthless and should have already been replaced.
maybe next month .... sort’a
No matter who is doing it ... I like this kind of legal action against Obama! I’m all for it.
It’s gotta be done ... sooner or later. Obama has to be knocked down and any future copy-cat Obama has to have the door closed.
Exactly what are they suing for? What damages?
I can imagine figurative damages as in damages to the reputation of the United States.
What will a judge sign in the order? Will he sign that the POTUS must rescind his EOs? And what of separation of powers?
I would like to see Obama prosecuted on another of fronts but there is only one way to deal with his actions and that is impeachment.
But I don’t get what or how a lawsuit accomplishes anything.
If the court throws out Boehner’s suit, the the GOP has egg on their face. And it is a possibility because of separation of powers.
Boehnor’s actions here make no sense and are risky.
They lost a similar type of action with the Defense of Marriage Act - but I think this one won’t be like that.
Let’s hope the US Supreme Court slaps down Obama - again - making it THIRTEEN TIMES of slapping Obama silly by the US Supreme Court!
Levin who has practiced before the court besides filing several “amicus” briefs through his foundation seems to feel any suit Bohner would file would have no standing. But individuals and entities; companies,cities,and states affected by Obama’s unconstituional modifications in Obamacare among other edicts would.
They would have standing as a “body” - the US House of Representatives. It’s a Constitutional issue of the President treading on the Comstitutional powers of the US House of Representatives.
“That body” - the US House of Representatives - is the only one who would have standing.
Please Lord Jesus, let us in Maine secede on June 12, 2018, let it be Thy will Lord. Amen.
Lawsuits are for when you are injured. When the president hurts the nation, it is tie foe impeachment.
I’m sure the Attorney General will expedite this important case and put it on the top of his priority list.
It wouldn’t be the Speaker, it would be the U.S. House of Representatives.
it may not work but worth a try - instead of putting him down why not get behind him and support the legislation.
The Republican leadership needs to go on a nationwide push to pick up support - conservatives like FR get on the phone, write opinion pieces, etc. It is a long shot but all things are possible.
It wouldn’t be handled by him ... :-) ...
The President was just slapped down in one in the last few days - which was posted here on Free Republic. That makes 12 times, which has severely impacted what Obama “wanted” to do.
I say keep doing it over and over again, until he’s gone.
John Boehner has a vagina.
Will that help the US House of Representatives in their arguments with the US Supreme Court? ... :-) ...
They make sense if you want to act like you are doing something.
It is a stunt, that takes the pressure of actually doing something.
Waste of time.
Hey Boner, how about you pass a bill invalidating those EO’s?
The previous 12 KNOCK-DOWNS of Obama by the US Supreme Court weren’t a waste of time.
I don’t think making it THIRTEEN would be a waste, either.
Will this really happen?
I do believe that’s what this court action would be about - with the US Supreme Court striking down Obama’s ability to do so by trampling on the Constitutional prerogative of the US House of Representatives.
It is pointless.
A lawsuit is asinine. The Congress can curtail the executive branch and even abolish whole agencies and departments. The court will tell them to do their job.
The US House of Representatives will vote on it making it so that they have “standing” as a “body”. If they agree and pass it ... then it will happen. I believe they do have the votes to make it happen.
He knows Reid in the Senate would never consider such a bill. This is just another waste of time, as is his lawsuit against Obama.
The 2 options - impeachment & the power of the purse - that could rein in Obama’s imperial presidency NOW, Boehner isn't doing.
Impeachment proceedings would keep Obama so busy for months it would limit his ability to do further damage to this country. I believe it would also put his arrogance on full display for all to finally see.
As for the purse, cut off the budgets of his 2 favorite bullies - the Justice Dept. & the EPA. Shut them down. Refuse to fund them in the upcoming budget until the IRS emails reappear & Holder resigns.
This country can do nicely without the brand of justice Holder serves, so nothing lost there. Similarly for the EPA, nobody is gonna die from any increases in CO2 emissions or wildlife found dead in dry runoff ditches.
If that doesn't get Obama’s attention, then in the next budget stop the funding of other federal bureaucracies - IRS, NRLB, HHS, ....
Obama cannot make the House fund ANYTHING. It just takes 218 honorable, patriotic Congressmen to stop his agenda COLD.
Well then you better think again. By the time it reaches SCOTUS Obama will be the King of Kenya. It won’t make a damn bit of difference and it just distracts from the IRS scandal which is resonating across all party lines.
suing Obama is stupid. The House writes the budget, they could easily curtail these things if they had the political will. The GOPE has no political will to actually do anything.
Sorry to say and perhaps I'm just a bit more cynical, but this is nothing more than a political dog and pony show leading up to the elections in the fall.
The remedy for an out of control executive branch is impeachment. A law suit would likely be tied up in the courts for years and a decision would likely come well after obozo leaves our house.
Constitution subscribes impeachment.
The whole purpose of a lawsuit or any thing else is to make it appear that they are actually doing something.
Nothing will actually happen.
It is all smoke and mirrors.
I’m not saying this “out of the blue” ... but from the real facts of TWELVE US Supreme Court decisions, already, against him. Now what if all of those twelve court cases had listened to people saying, “it’s not going to do any good!” There IS a track record already.
As far as Impeachment is concerned, that is the ultimate Constitutional provision, but we’ve got a track record on that, too. The most recent example is Clinton and although there was Impeachment, it went ABSOLUTELY NOWHERE after that. The Democrats would not convict. And you can bet the Democrats are not going to convict with Obama either.
Another aspect of the Impeachment process is that it has NEVER ONCE in the ENTIRE HISTORY of this country resulted in this process removing a President from office.
SO ... compared with 12 US Supreme Court decisions slapping down Obama already - with - Impeachment and it’s record of NEVER ONCE WORKING ... I’ll stick with the US Supreme Court cases ... :-) ...
12 US Supreme Court decisions slapping down Obama - one just a few days ago - is not smoke and mirrors ... :-) ...
The budget has to go through the entire Congress, while this case only has to be done, and exclusively so, in the US House of Reoresentatives.
and the courts will laugh at them. The Congress can limit and rescind these EO’s and it hasn’t even tried.
You’ve made a mistake here. This is just for the US House of Representatives. That’s why it will go through ... the Senate is not involved.
In terms of Impeachment, you can see Post # 32”... as far as it’s track record.
The Congress includes the Senate and that’s the problem. This case doesn’t involve the Senate and it can go ahead without them. There’s the difference.
Remember, the US Supreme Court wasn’t laughing for the last 12 cases where they slapped down Obama, and that include some just this week, a few days ago.
This can very easily be another one, except this one will be more drastic than the others in limiting Obama.
How much did those other twelve US Supreme Court cases slapping down Obama distract you (or others) from the IRS scandal? ... :-) ...
They don’t follow the Constitution.
They don’t follow the law.
What makes me think they are going to follow what SCOTUS says?
Can you show me where any one of those 12 US Supreme Court decisions against Obama was not followed?
You’re not getting the time frame thing Star. Obama will be gone long before the courts are done with this. That is why it is a waste of time. If Republicans were serious they would defund any law that Obama creates or destroys but they are not serious people. Sad but true. At any rate I can live with our difference of opinion here. No biggie.
If you look over other Constitutional issues in the history of our country, they go through many administrations. We’ve got Constitutional issues going on right now that have gone on for over 50 years!
You always want to get Constitutional issues dealt with as soon as you can and we’ve got one right now with Obama and him stepping on the “Constitutional turf” of the US House of Representatives.
The problem with defunding is that it takes the Senate, too ... and that’s not going to happen.
Legislation is not law w/o both houses concurring. Boehner is seeking the right to sue the President which requires a change in the law affecting the relationship between 2 branches of government.
Constitution, Article 1, section 7:
Every Bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it become a law, be presented to the President of the United States: If he approve he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it, with his Objections to that House in which it shall have originated, who shall enter the Objections at large on their Journal, and proceed to reconsider it........
I am aware that the decisions have come down but have not heard that any have been followed.
Perhaps I am not paying close enough attention.
I just don’t see where we get out of this mess in one piece.
Our children or grandchildren will likely never see a fraction of the freedom we knew growing up.
They are not passing a law ... they want to have “standing” as a “body” (the body being the US House of Representatives) ... therefore the vote being passed by the House shows that the court case is from “that body” - the US House of Representatives.
It’s definitely a problem, but it’s not a problem that cannot be undone. It might not be quickly undone, but it can be in time.
So does Sarah Palin. Are you trying to make a point, jerk?
The courts will toss this in about 1-2 years, & by then Obama will have destroyed even more of this nation.
The courts are where you go to get s-l-o-w justice. The purse strings could be cut next budget season, while impeachment could begin the second week of November.
Boehner is a coward, a weak leader motivated by self interest. We need a hero leader who will jump into the water to save this country, not a fool who thinks draining the lake is the most prudent action.
If the US House of Representatives acts as a body, that is standing for them. It’s different if it’s simply a handful of Representatives who jointly decide they are going to file a court case. That “handful” wouldn’t speak for the entire body, you see. That’s what they’re doing here, in order to initiate the case.
As far as “tossing it” ... I’m glad you weren’t advising those in the 12 US Supreme Court cases that slapped down Obama. I’m sure you would have advised them that it was useless and their cases would be “tossed” ... LOL ...
You may be willing to wait through 1-2 years of court challenges, & we know Boehner knows the Rats will challenge this in court, but the country cannot afford to wait.
Clever legislators often pursue useless goals to pacify annoying constituents, donors, & the public.