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The House voted Wednesday evening to authorize civil legal action against President Barack Obama for his failure to implement Obamacare as it was passed by Congress.

The 225-201 vote means Republicans, led by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), can immediately begin work on filing legal action against Obama. Boehner spoke on the floor just before the vote, and said the resolution is needed so the House can defend the Constitution against Obama’s attempt to ignore and even re-write portions of duly enacted law.

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Speaker of the House John Boehner of Ohio, arrives for a meeting of the Republican Conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

“Are you willing to let any president choose what laws to execute and what laws to change?” Boehner asked. “Are you willing to let anyone tear apart what our founders have built?”

“Think not only about the specifics of the oaths you took, but think about how you took it, as one body, standing together,” he said. “That’s all I’m asking you to do today — to act as one institution to defend the Constitution on behalf of the people that we serve.”

The GOP has argued for the last few years that Obama has failed to uphold the law in a number of areas, either by ignoring it or selectively enforcing parts of it.

“The president has waived work requirements for welfare recipients, unilaterally changed immigration laws, released the Gitmo Five without properly notifying Congress, which is the law, and ignored the statutory requirements of the Affordable Care Act,” House Rules Committee Pete Sessions (R-Texas) said.

The resolution approved Wednesday only allows the House to file a suit against Obama over his decisions to Obamacare. While some Republicans were hoping for a broader authority to allow suits on other issues, Sessions said Republicans believe their best chance of success in the courts is to focus on Obamacare.

Obama has unilaterally delayed several portions of Obamacare over the last few years, including the employer mandate to offer health insurance. Republicans have opposed these actions in part because they didn’t give Congress a chance to provide its input into the change, and in part because of suspicions that some delays were political in nature, and were meant to boost Democrats in the 2012 election.

Democrats have tried to ignore those aspects of the delays, and have instead argued that the lawsuit makes no sense because Obama is delaying parts of a law that Republicans oppose.

“It is somewhat ironic that the Republicans want to sue the president for not enforcing a law that they want to repeal,” House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said during floor debate. “How ironic.”

But Republicans said the issue is much broader than just the implementation of Obamacare, and gets to the heart of how Congress and the White House need to work together under the Constitution.

“Without enforcement of the law, there cannot be accountability under law, and political accountability is essential to a functioning democracy,” said House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodatte (R-Va.).

Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) added that opponents of the health law want to see if fully enforced so it can be shown how harmful it is to the economy, which would help build support for its repeal. “The best way to end a bad law is to enforce it strictly,” he said.

Democrats have also argued that Republicans are using the lawsuit as a possible springboard to impeaching Obama. Hoyer said some GOP leaders have not ruled out impeachment proceedings, although Boehner said Tuesday that the GOP has “no plans to impeach the president.”

Sessions further dispelled the idea of impeaching Obama by saying the House impeached former President Bill Clinton because he committed a felony — lying to an FBI agent and a federal grand jury. But Obama’s failure to implement the laws does not rise to a felony, which means impeachment is not the appropriate remedy.

“So for the gentleman to suggest that this is going to lead to [impeachment] is simply not true,” Sessions said.

Article source: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/07/30/boehner-gets-his-lawsuit-against-obama/

Boehner Blasts Reid, Won’t Allow ‘Immigration Reform’ on Border Bill


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Speaker John A. Boehner vowed the House would not allow the Senate to add any “comprehensive immigration reform bill or anything like it, including the DREAM Act” to the House’s $659 million border bill Tuesday.

“Senator Reid, embarrassed that he cannot strong-arm the Senate into passing the blank check President Obama demanded, is making a deceitful and cynical attempt to derail the House’s common-sense solution,” the Ohio Republican said in a statement aimed at Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., after Reid suggested he could add immigration to the border bill.

“So let me be as clear as I can be with Senator Reid: the House of Representatives will not take up the Senate immigration reform bill or accept it back from the Senate in any fashion,” he said. “Nor will we accept any attempt to add any other comprehensive immigration reform bill or anything like it, including the DREAM Act, to the House’s targeted legislation, which is meant to fix the actual problems causing the border crisis. Such measures have no place in the effort to solve this crisis, and any attempt to exploit this crisis by adding such measures will run into a brick wall in the People’s House.”

Boehner also slammed Obama.

“While the White House has abandoned all pretense of governing and the Senate is doing almost nothing to address our struggling economy, Republicans remain committed to addressing the American people’s priorities, and that includes passing a responsible bill this week to help secure our border and return these children safely to their home countries.”

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Boehner Blasts Reid, Won’t Allow ‘Immigration Reform’ on Border Bill


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Speaker John A. Boehner vowed the House would not allow the Senate to add any “comprehensive immigration reform bill or anything like it, including the DREAM Act” to the House’s $659 million border bill Tuesday.

“Senator Reid, embarrassed that he cannot strong-arm the Senate into passing the blank check President Obama demanded, is making a deceitful and cynical attempt to derail the House’s common-sense solution,” the Ohio Republican said in a statement aimed at Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., after Reid suggested he could add immigration to the border bill.

“So let me be as clear as I can be with Senator Reid: the House of Representatives will not take up the Senate immigration reform bill or accept it back from the Senate in any fashion,” he said. “Nor will we accept any attempt to add any other comprehensive immigration reform bill or anything like it, including the DREAM Act, to the House’s targeted legislation, which is meant to fix the actual problems causing the border crisis. Such measures have no place in the effort to solve this crisis, and any attempt to exploit this crisis by adding such measures will run into a brick wall in the People’s House.”

Boehner also slammed Obama.

“While the White House has abandoned all pretense of governing and the Senate is doing almost nothing to address our struggling economy, Republicans remain committed to addressing the American people’s priorities, and that includes passing a responsible bill this week to help secure our border and return these children safely to their home countries.”

Related:

$659 Million Border Bill Planned by GOP

Pelosi: Don’t Tack Expedited Deportations to Border Bill (Video)

HSS: Ignoring Border Crisis is Not an Option for Congress (Video)

The Border Supplemental and ‘the Height of Irresponsibility’

Boehner Puts Onus on Democrats for Tenuous State of Border Bill

The Other Side of the Border: CQ Roll Call’s Special Report from Guatemala

President’s Party Asks Why He’s Avoiding the Border

Obama ‘Happy to Consider’ Sending National Guard to Border to get Votes on Supplemental

A Tale of Two Congressional Visits to the Southwest Border

Obama Asking Congress for $4.3 Billion for Border Crisis, Wildfires

Alone, Illegal and Underage: The Child Migrant Crisis

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House Passes Resolution to Authorize Lawsuit Against Obama Alleging He …

The House voted Wednesday evening to authorize civil legal action against President Barack Obama for his failure to implement Obamacare as it was passed by Congress.

The 225-201 vote means Republicans, led by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), can immediately begin work on filing legal action against Obama. Boehner spoke on the floor just before the vote, and said the resolution is needed so the House can defend the Constitution against Obama’s attempt to ignore and even re-write portions of duly enacted law.

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Speaker of the House John Boehner of Ohio, arrives for a meeting of the Republican Conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

“Are you willing to let any president choose what laws to execute and what laws to change?” Boehner asked. “Are you willing to let anyone tear apart what our founders have built?”

“Think not only about the specifics of the oaths you took, but think about how you took it, as one body, standing together,” he said. “That’s all I’m asking you to do today — to act as one institution to defend the Constitution on behalf of the people that we serve.”

The GOP has argued for the last few years that Obama has failed to uphold the law in a number of areas, either by ignoring it or selectively enforcing parts of it.

“The president has waived work requirements for welfare recipients, unilaterally changed immigration laws, released the Gitmo Five without properly notifying Congress, which is the law, and ignored the statutory requirements of the Affordable Care Act,” House Rules Committee Pete Sessions (R-Texas) said.

The resolution approved Wednesday only allows the House to file a suit against Obama over his decisions to Obamacare. While some Republicans were hoping for a broader authority to allow suits on other issues, Sessions said Republicans believe their best chance of success in the courts is to focus on Obamacare.

Obama has unilaterally delayed several portions of Obamacare over the last few years, including the employer mandate to offer health insurance. Republicans have opposed these actions in part because they didn’t give Congress a chance to provide its input into the change, and in part because of suspicions that some delays were political in nature, and were meant to boost Democrats in the 2012 election.

Democrats have tried to ignore those aspects of the delays, and have instead argued that the lawsuit makes no sense because Obama is delaying parts of a law that Republicans oppose.

“It is somewhat ironic that the Republicans want to sue the president for not enforcing a law that they want to repeal,” House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said during floor debate. “How ironic.”

But Republicans said the issue is much broader than just the implementation of Obamacare, and gets to the heart of how Congress and the White House need to work together under the Constitution.

“Without enforcement of the law, there cannot be accountability under law, and political accountability is essential to a functioning democracy,” said House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodatte (R-Va.).

Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) added that opponents of the health law want to see if fully enforced so it can be shown how harmful it is to the economy, which would help build support for its repeal. “The best way to end a bad law is to enforce it strictly,” he said.

Democrats have also argued that Republicans are using the lawsuit as a possible springboard to impeaching Obama. Hoyer said some GOP leaders have not ruled out impeachment proceedings, although Boehner said Tuesday that the GOP has “no plans to impeach the president.”

Sessions further dispelled the idea of impeaching Obama by saying the House impeached former President Bill Clinton because he committed a felony — lying to an FBI agent and a federal grand jury. But Obama’s failure to implement the laws does not rise to a felony, which means impeachment is not the appropriate remedy.

“So for the gentleman to suggest that this is going to lead to [impeachment] is simply not true,” Sessions said.

Article source: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/07/30/boehner-gets-his-lawsuit-against-obama/

Boehner refuses to say ‘impeachment is off the table’

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3 reasons John Boehner opted to sue Obama rather than impeach

In a near party-line vote, House Republicans on Wednesday approved 225 to 201 a resolution to sue President Obama or other administration officials for actions “inconsistent with their duties under the Constitution.”

Translation: Republicans accuse the president of executive overreach – exceeding his constitutional powers and unlawfully going around Congress.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi calls the lawsuit “perilous and meritless.” President Obama dismissed it as a waste of time and taxpayer dollars. “Stop being mad all the time. Stop just hating all the time. Come on,” the president said during a speech in Kansas City, Mo., earlier in the day.

Some Republicans, such as former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, want the House to go further and impeach the president. A CNN poll last week shows that the majority of Republicans favor impeachment. So why would House Speaker John Boehner (R) of Ohio opt for a lawsuit instead of impeachment?

Here are three reasons why:

A lawsuit is less disruptive. The 1998 impeachment of President Clinton on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice over the Monica Lewinsky scandal plunged Washington into a political crisis, dominated the headlines and kitchen table discussions for months, and cost the nation political stature on the world stage.

No “true conservative” should support impeachment “because that destabilizes the government,” Rep. Peter King (R) of New York told The Huffington Post earlier this month. A lawsuit is the “responsible” thing to do, Rep. Paul Ryan (R) of Wisconsin told reporters at a Monitor breakfast Wednesday.

When Nancy Pelosi (D) of California was speaker of the House, she faced pressure to initiate impeachment proceedings against President Bush for the war in Iraq. “I did not want to go down that path because of what it would mean for the American people,” she recalled at a press conference earlier this month.

A lawsuit has a better chance of success. Rather than throw a bucketful of complaints at the president – from failure to enforce immigration laws to overreach on greenhouse gas regulations – Republicans have narrowed their focus to the president’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

They believe this gives them a better chance of success, although many legal experts argue that the House has no legal standing to sue, because it’s hard to show how it, as an institution, has been harmed by the president’s actions. “The courts usually stay out of this kind of dispute,” wrote Paul Rothstein, a professor at Georgetown University Law Center, in an e-mail when the suit was announced in June.

Still, the chance of success at a lawsuit beats the odds of removing the president from office, which is the point of impeachment. Yes, the GOP-controlled house could impeach Mr. Obama, but the Democrat-controlled Senate would never find him guilty or remove him from office. Even a GOP-controlled Senate acquitted Mr. Clinton in 1999, and he stayed in office.

Besides, would Republicans prefer a President Biden to a President Obama? The vice president is next in line should anything happen to the president.

A lawsuit is better politics.  The GOP base may favor impeachment, but a majority of Americans do not. Republicans can keep their base happy – and also cool down a boiling tea party – without suffering the political risk associated with impeachment.

Those who were around during Clinton’s impeachment – such as Mr. Boehner – remember that Democrats picked up five House seats in elections that year. That vote went against historic trends in which the sitting president’s party usually loses seats in midterm elections.

Article source: http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/DC-Decoder/2014/0730/3-reasons-John-Boehner-opted-to-sue-Obama-rather-than-impeach

3 reasons John Boehner opted to sue Obama rather than impeach

In a near party-line vote, House Republicans on Wednesday approved 225 to 201 a resolution to sue President Obama or other administration officials for actions “inconsistent with their duties under the Constitution.”

Translation: Republicans accuse the president of executive overreach – exceeding his constitutional powers and unlawfully going around Congress.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi calls the lawsuit “perilous and meritless.” President Obama dismissed it as a waste of time and taxpayer dollars. “Stop being mad all the time. Stop just hating all the time. Come on,” the president said during a speech in Kansas City, Mo., earlier in the day.

Some Republicans, such as former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, want the House to go further and impeach the president. A CNN poll last week shows that the majority of Republicans favor impeachment. So why would House Speaker John Boehner (R) of Ohio opt for a lawsuit instead of impeachment?

Here are three reasons why:

A lawsuit is less disruptive. The 1998 impeachment of President Clinton on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice over the Monica Lewinsky scandal plunged Washington into a political crisis, dominated the headlines and kitchen table discussions for months, and cost the nation political stature on the world stage.

No “true conservative” should support impeachment “because that destabilizes the government,” Rep. Peter King (R) of New York told The Huffington Post earlier this month. A lawsuit is the “responsible” thing to do, Rep. Paul Ryan (R) of Wisconsin told reporters at a Monitor breakfast Wednesday.

When Nancy Pelosi (D) of California was speaker of the House, she faced pressure to initiate impeachment proceedings against President Bush for the war in Iraq. “I did not want to go down that path because of what it would mean for the American people,” she recalled at a press conference earlier this month.

A lawsuit has a better chance of success. Rather than throw a bucketful of complaints at the president – from failure to enforce immigration laws to overreach on greenhouse gas regulations – Republicans have narrowed their focus to the president’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

They believe this gives them a better chance of success, although many legal experts argue that the House has no legal standing to sue, because it’s hard to show how it, as an institution, has been harmed by the president’s actions. “The courts usually stay out of this kind of dispute,” wrote Paul Rothstein, a professor at Georgetown University Law Center, in an e-mail when the suit was announced in June.

Still, the chance of success at a lawsuit beats the odds of removing the president from office, which is the point of impeachment. Yes, the GOP-controlled house could impeach Mr. Obama, but the Democrat-controlled Senate would never find him guilty or remove him from office. Even a GOP-controlled Senate acquitted Mr. Clinton in 1999, and he stayed in office.

Besides, would Republicans prefer a President Biden to a President Obama? The vice president is next in line should anything happen to the president.

A lawsuit is better politics.  The GOP base may favor impeachment, but a majority of Americans do not. Republicans can keep their base happy – and also cool down a boiling tea party – without suffering the political risk associated with impeachment.

Those who were around during Clinton’s impeachment – such as Mr. Boehner – remember that Democrats picked up five House seats in elections that year. That vote went against historic trends in which the sitting president’s party usually loses seats in midterm elections.

Article source: http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/DC-Decoder/2014/0730/3-reasons-John-Boehner-opted-to-sue-Obama-rather-than-impeach

John Boehner: Harry Reid’s ‘Deceitful and Cynical’ Ploy to Kill House Bill


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Nancy Pelosi Dares John Boehner To Take Impeachment Off The Table

WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) may have said he has no plans to impeach President Barack Obama, but his Democratic counterpart, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) dared him Wednesday to go one better and declare that impeachment is “off the table” — which is what she did when George W. Bush was president.

“When I became Speaker and people clamored for the impeachment of the president, I said what I advise the speaker to say right now: Impeachment is off the table,” Pelosi said in a House floor speech as members debated suing Obama. “This isn’t about impeachment. That simple sentence will be a clear one. ‘Impeachment is off the table.’”

Pelosi noted that there are Republicans in Boehner’s caucus who think impeachment is on the table. She suggested that Boehner, in spite of his denial on Tuesday, is also leaving the possibility open to satisfy the more extreme elements in his party, and pushing a lawsuit against the president just before the August recess to keep them satisfied.

And if Boehner really believes there will be no impeachment, she emphasized, he should do what she did when she disappointed liberals who wanted to impeach Bush for misleading America into the Iraq war.

“Why would you sue somebody unless you want to prove something? And why would you go down that path unless you wanted to do something about it?” Pelosi said.

“If we want to talk about the lawsuit, it behooves the Speaker of the House to say impeachment is off the table. I hope we can hear that soon, and then we can see what the merits of this case are,” Pelosi said. “If you don’t want to hear people use impeachment, as your people have done, then tell them impeachment is off the table. That’s what I had to do. That’s what the speaker should do.”

Article source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/30/pelosi-impeachment_n_5635007.html