House of Representatives Votes to Sue President Obama

Speaker John A. Boehner all but accused President Obama of leaving the Constitution in tatters during debate on moving forward with a lawsuit against him. Credit Doug Mills/The New York Times
Speaker John A. Boehner all but accused President Obama of leaving the Constitution in tatters during debate on moving forward with a lawsuit against him. Credit Doug Mills/The New York Times

The House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to sue President Obama for overstepping the powers of the presidency — an action that angered some conservatives who believe it is insufficient, emboldened Democrats who say Republicans are being vengeful, and further eroded what is left of bipartisanship on Capitol Hill.

In a 225-to-201 party-line vote, Republicans authorized the House to move forward with a lawsuit against Mr. Obama for his implementation of the Affordable Care Act, which they argue has been selective and designed to delay the law’s most undesirable aspects.

During an hour-long debate that was passionate and pointed, Republicans accused the president of flouting the law and breaking a solemn constitutional oath. They summoned lessons from the American Revolution and the Bible.

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Source: The New York Times | 

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