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House Speaker John Boehner appears on CNN. (Credit: CNN)

WASHINGTON — The Republican-led House approved a resolution on Wednesday authorizing Speaker John Boehner to sue President Barack Obama over claims he exceeded his executive authority.

The vote was 225-201.

Republicans argue the President’s executive action 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 unusual suit filed in federal court. The time frame for that is not clear.

Not a single House Democrat voted for it, and five Republicans opposed it. They were: GOP members Paul Broun of Maryland, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Steve Stockman of Texas, and Walter Jones of North Carolina.

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The vote takes partisan rancor in Washington to a new level less than four months before congressional midterms. The focus on Obamacare also magnifies politics around the sweeping health law Republicans didn’t support and have tried to derail since it’s approval in 2010.

Dems claim impeachment coming

Democrats quickly seized to turn the debate on the lawsuit, 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 said.

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.

14 comments

  • Clifford Spencer

    The list, of impeached presidents, includes the name of Andrew Johnson!
    President Abraham Lincoln bolted from the Republican party!
    He formed the UNION party!
    He chose Andrew Johnson to be his VP!
    The Radical Republicans, their definition, impeached Lincoln’s VP!
    The party, of Nixon, wants to impeach Obama.
    Perfectly clear?

      • Clifford Spencer

        Our ONLY jailed attorney-general was Nixon’s first, John Mitchell!
        Our ONLY VP, to plea bargain, was Nixon’s first, Spiro Agnew!
        Our ONLY president, to receive a pardon, was Nixon!
        Clearer?

  • angie

    What they need to do is quit wasting time suing the president and use that time tofigure out how to fix the economy and save the earth !

  • Anonymous

    Were they concerned about the integrity of the Constitution when Bush was issuing executive orders?

    • Clifford Spencer

      Our ONLY convicted attorney-general was Nixon’s first, John Mitchell!
      Our ONLY VP, to plea bargain, was Nixon’s first, Spiro Agnew!
      Our ONLY president, to receive a pardon, was Nixon!
      That party RESPECTS the CONSTITUTION?
      INOPERATIVE!

  • Clifford Spencer

    Thanks to Eric Holder, and the FBI, fiends like Viktor Bout are behind bars!
    He was a Russian arms dealer!
    He tried to sell arms to Colombian outlaws.
    They wanted to murder American pilots!
    Vladimir Putin has already demanded his release!
    Is he arming Mexican gangs?

    • Clifford Spencer

      I am a Caucasian!
      I used to be a Republican.
      That was BEFORE Watergate!
      I am proud that I voted for Obama!
      Care to TRY to take away my vote?

  • Duke Paulsen

    Mr. Clifford,
    BHO is not the only President to have issued Executive Orders (Ex-O’s). The White House Web Site has a Page that shows which President issued Ex-O’s & how many they issued.

    The MOST Ex-O’s issued came from a DD — Roosevelt I think (please verify).

    What the biggest problem with the Ex-O’s issued by BHO has been the Kind of Ex-O — in particular those that go against the U.S. Constitution or those that outright BYPASS the Constitution altogether. This Lawsuit could very well lay the Legitimate groundwork for Impeachment proceedings.(which for the time being, is why Boehner is not pushing for immeidate Impeachment). However, should the evidence presented at this Lawsuit prove Valid, then Impeachment should come shortly (& I hope VERY shortly!!).

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