Speaker of the House John Boehner is finally doing what many Republicans have wanted to do, threaten to sue President Obama over his overstepping executive orders.
Boehner is saying that he will propose a bill next month that will allow for the President to be sued, but many believe that Boehner is just paying lip service to those who have been quietly calling for President Obama’s impeachment, and is not really serious about following through with a suit.
“For years Americans have watched with concern as President Barack Obama has declined to faithfully execute the laws of our country – ignoring some statutes completely, selectively enforcing others, and at times, creating laws of his own,” Boehner wrote.
“Under the Constitution’s separation of powers principle, only the legislative branch has the power to legislate,” Boehner insisted. “On one matter after another during his presidency, President Obama has circumvented the Congress through executive action, creating his own laws and excusing himself from executing statutes he is sworn to enforce – at times even boasting about his willingness to do it, as if daring the America people to stop him.
On matters ranging from health care and energy to foreign policy and education, President Obama has repeatedly run an end-around on the American people and their elected legislators, straining the boundaries of the solemn oath he took on Inauguration Day.”
Boehner’s approval ratings are in the toilet, and could face a tough 2015 Speakership reelection, as conservatives in the Republican House caucus are salivating at the opportunity to oust him from his perch atop the U.S. House of Representatives.