Washington, DC, United States (4E) – House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Wednesday he will sue President Barack Obama for overstepping executive authority.
Boehner accused Obama of eroding the power of Congress in the last five years so he is standing up for the institution he serves.
The Speaker clarified that the lawsuit is not about impeaching the president but the faithful execution of laws of the country. He denied his action is related to the upcoming midterm elections.
The Speaker did not specify the executive actions that will be the basis of the lawsuit. But Republicans’ protests over executive actions delaying the enactment of certain provisions of the Affordable Care Act, halting the deportations of illegal immigrants, raising the minimum wage for federal contractors, and expanding gay rights and closing the gender pay gap are likely be cited in the lawsuit.
In reaction, a White House spokesman said Obama can work with Congress or use executive authority powers in taking actions. He said the lawsuit won’t get public support because of its cost to taxpayers.