Wednesday, July 30, 2014

US: House Republicans Vote 225-201 to Sue President Obama

According to the BBC, Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX) of sponsored the resolution that passed the US House of Representatives 225-201 to sue President Barack Obama for allegedly exceeding his constitutional powers.
The resulting vote means that House attorneys will now draft legal documents to launch a lawsuit.
According to the vote, President Obama exceeded his powers when he delayed an insurance deadline in his healthcare law.

Republicans in Congress have complained that President Obama has exceeded his constitutional authority on numerous occasions, in order to bypass Congress by issuing executive orders. 

They object, for instance, to his order unilaterally easing deportations of some young illegal immigrants, and the prison exchange that won the release of a US soldier held captive for five years by the Taliban, albeit without notifying the US Congress.

COMMENT: Specifically at issue in the resolution, with the full backing of House Speaker John Boehner, was President Obama's decision to twice delay requirements in his 2010 healthcare overhaul that businesses over a certain size provide their workers with health insurance.

"Such a shift in power should alarm members of both political parties because it threatens the very institution of the Congress," the Republicans wrote in report accompanying the House legislation.