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House Speaker John Boehner said on Wednesday that he plans on filing a federal lawsuit against President Barack Obama over his use of executive orders. While he has insisted that this move isn’t about trying to impeach Obama, the Ohio Republican denied to say what specific executive order made influenced his decision.
Boehner is hoping to get Obama’s actions declared unconstitutional, as the president can issue executive orders without consulting Congress. But the orders Obama has declared overreach his executive powers, Boehner claims.
“In my view the president has not faithfully executed the law,” Boehner said in his weekly briefing with the media, reports The Washington Post.
Obama has used executive orders to bypass Congressional stalemate on issues such as immigration and environment policy. Earlier this month, he allowed the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate carbon dioxide emissions. Congress has not been able to pass any legislation related to either issue.
Even if he doesn’t like the way Obama “brags about it,” Boehner said that he is not looking to impeach Obama, notes Fox News.
“My view is the president has not faithfully executed the laws,” Boehner said. “What we have seen clearly over the last five years is an effort to erode the power of the Legislative Branch.”
Boehner will bring the suit to discussion on the floor in July to seek legislation to allow him to file the suit. He believes that Obama’s use of executive orders disrupts the “balance of power decisively and dangerously” in the administration’s favor.
“We feel completely confident that the president was operating within his authority as the president of the United States to take these steps on behalf of the American people,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters in response to the lawsuit, reports The AP.
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