Last week Obama made the declaration that “as long as Congress id doing nothing” he’s not going to apologize for “trying to do something,” when speaking about taking executive action. He took his unapologetic rant even further and taunted lawmakers who oppose his actions by saying “So sue me,” if they don’t like it.
Well now it appears as if House Republicans took his taunt seriously and will in fact be taking steps to file suit against him. Speaker Boehner’s piece on CNN.com states that he intends to “bring legislation to the House floor that would authorize the House of Representatives to file suit in an effort to compel President Obama to follow his oath of office and faithfully execute the laws of our country.”
Boehner contends that too often over the past five years, “the President has circumvented the American people and their elected representatives through executive action, changing and creating his own laws, and excusing himself from enforcing statutes he is sworn to uphold — at times even boasting about his willingness to do it, as if daring the American people to stop him.”
According to Reason.com, “At issue in this impending legal showdown between the legislative and executive branches of the federal government is Article II, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution, which requires the president to ‘take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.’” Which in the view of Boehner and his allies in Congress, Obama has made a complete mockery of his constitutional requirement with his executive overreach.
Boehner argues that the Constitution “makes it clear that the President’s job is to faithfully execute the laws.” However in his view, Obama has failed to faithfully execute the laws on a wide range of issues which include “his health care law, energy regulations, foreign policy and education.”
“It’s utterly beneath the dignity of the office,” he wrote.
Obama took a hit last month when the Supreme Court unanimously ruled against his recess appointments to the Labor Relations Board, which certainly gives Boehner’s views a boost and gave the House much needed momentum to bring a suit against Obama.
Most conservatives stand on the side of Boehner, and see very few other options for reigning in Obama’s unconstitutional power grabs. The Wall Street Journal recently stated that “When the President is usurping core legislative powers, Congress as an institution can sue to vindicate this constitutional injury.” They concluded that “short of impeachment, there is no other way for Congress to defend its rights.”