GOP-led House authorizes lawsuit against Obama

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(CNN) — The Republican-led House approved a resolution on Wednesday authorizing Speaker John Boehner to sue President Barack Obama.

The vote was 225-201.

Republicans argue the President’s executive actions to change Obamacare and make other policy decisions on his own were unconstitutional because it’s the job of Congress to make or change laws.

House authorization now allows GOP-leaders to have the suit filed in federal court. The time frame for that is not clear.

Dems claim impeachment coming

But Democrats quickly moved to turn the debate, saying prior to the vote that the real desire of the GOP is to ultimately impeach Obama.

Boehner, who has repeatedly said he disagrees with those pushing impeachment, attempted to shut down that discussion this week.

Insisting that Republicans have “no plans” and “no future plans” to impeach Obama, Boehner denounced the talk about impeachment as “a scam started by Democrats at the White House.”

But Democrats seized on polls showing a majority of Americans oppose any effort to remove the President from office, and aren’t letting go of the issue.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said the lawsuit was “on a path to nowhere or maybe, among some in your ranks a path to impeachment.”

Apparently not satisfied with Boehner’s assurance, Pelosi directed this at him: “If you don’t want to hear people use the word impeachment as your people have done then tell them impeachment is off the table.”

Obama tweaks GOP on impeachment

Obama, himself, tweaked Republicans on Wednesday. In Kansas City, Missouri, he noted the House was about to leave Washington for the month of August, but “the main vote that they have scheduled for today is whether or not they decide to sue me for doing my job.”

During debate, Democrats lined up on their side of the chamber and one after the other requested that GOP leaders allow votes on measures to raise the minimum wage, extend jobless benefits, and ensure pay equity.

They knew Republicans wouldn’t hold off on the lawsuit to take any of those issues up, but the the theater was designed to underscore their argument that the majority party was focused on the lawsuit rather than legislating.

The campaign arm for House Democrats arm has raised $7.6 million from appeals to supporters citing the suit and tied it to the threat of impeachment.

Rep. Steve Israel, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, defended the aggressive public push and pledged Democrats would continue it through the midterm election in November.

“You bet we’re going to run on a Congress that is just obsessed with lawsuits, suing the President, talking about impeaching him, instead of solutions for the middle class,” Israel told CNN.

A CNN/ORC International poll released last week showed those Americans surveyed, by a 57%-41% margin, opposed the lawsuit. Nearly two-thirds said Obama should not be impeached.

By Deirdre Walsh

5 comments

  • TheREALByeBye2TheDecayingFarRight

    “There they go again…” making political points to desparately try to get Republican votes from the die-hard sheep of the lost far-right, rather than spending time offering solutions to any of our problems.

    Health care? Name ONE solution by Republicans – other than “keeping the status quo” i.e. keep private insurance companies in control of our health care for their own profit. It’s been a total failure – just like their tax breaks for the wealthy were going to “create jobs” yet didn’t create one job. The closet solution to the health care problem Republicans have come up with was basically Obamacare – that’s why private insurance companies were still left in charge, even in Obamacare. Yet just to disagree, Republicans suddenly didn’t like that idea, even though it was okay when Mitt Romoney himself endorsed the idea.

    Republicans have no solutions or ideas because they only have ONE CONCERN: Making sure the rich can use their rank and privilege to get richer and get out of paying taxes. Period. End of story.

    Let them sue, and waste time and taxpayer money. It’ll just make them look that more idiotic.

    Maybe they’ll lose next November even more than expected if they keep this up. So, keep it up!

    • Ace Baily

      why dont you just get out of this country and leave behind all the evil republicans, along with your multi millionaire friends such as mckaskill, pelosi the pair of criminals named clinton who are so poor, and lets not forget soros, the billionaire that is using his money to drag this country into the sewer.

  • Ace Baily

    the problem with impeachment talk is that it will go no where, and instead of focusing on the 14 election, being side tracked by this will not give the reps time to get to the business at hand. when the criminal from arkansas was in the hot seat, look what happened there.

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