Washington, DC, United States (4E) – The House on Wednesday voted 225-201 to pass a resolution authorizing Republicans to sue President Barack Obama for extending the deadlines for employers to comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
All Democrats plus five Republicans voted against the resolution authorizing House lawyers to challenge Obama’s delaying of the ACA’s employer mandate, which requires large companies to provide health insurance for their employees or else pay fines. Obama first waived the fines for 2014 before waiving the same for 2015 and 2016.
“This isn’t about Republicans and Democrats, it’s about defending the Constitution that we swore an oath to uphold and acting decisively when it might be compromised,” said House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), according to Washington Times.
Democrats said the lawsuit is a waste of taxpayers’ money and a prelude to impeachment proceedings, which Boehner continues to deny.
Among the Republicans who voted against the lawsuit was Rep. Walter Jones (N.C.), who preferred an impeachment proceedings than spending $1 to $2 million for a lawsuit.
The other Republicans who opposed the resolution were Reps. Paul Broun (Ga.), Scott Garrett (N.J.), Thomas Massie (Ky.) and Steve Stockman (Texas).
Obama, who was in Kansas City, reacted by urging Republicans to stop hating all the time and instead support his agenda of raising the minimum wage, boosting spending on infrastructure and other steps that would help the middle class.