In a closed-door meeting with House Republicans today, Speaker John Boehner announced plans to file an abuse of power lawsuit against President Obama. The plaintiff in the lawsuit would be the House of Representatives, not Boehner personally.
Republican House members have been seeking ways to restrain Obama's use of executive orders, according to Boehner spokesman Michael Steel:
“The president has a clear record of ignoring the American people’s elected representatives and exceeding his constitutional authority, which has dangerous implications for both our system of government and our economy,” Steel said.
“The House has passed legislation to address this, but it has gone nowhere in the Democratic-controlled Senate, so we are examining other options.”
The President announced in January that “I've got a pen and I've got a phone” and he wasn't afraid to use them.
Since then, his executive actions have been a favored way to pursue policy changes without having to go through that pesky legislative branch. He has made unilateral changes to the ObamaCare law, halted deportations, and issued other orders regarding pay rates for federal contractors and environmental issues.
The lawsuit would need to be approved by a group of House leaders and is expected to be filed in the next few weeks.
Not surprisingly, Nancy Pelosi decries the suit as “subterfuge” designed to “give some aura of activity.” Of course she does...