House Republicans have initiated a lawsuit against the President, charging that he has abused his authority with executive actions on healthcare and immigration.
The crux of the lawsuit focuses on the fact that the President ensured a delay of the Affordable Healthcare Act’s employer mandate to provide health insurance.
It is, however, no coincidence that the legal action comes just one day after Obama announced an executive order on immigration that will see some 5 million illegal immigrants provided citizenship and given access to state benefits.
“Time after time, the president has chosen to ignore the will of the American people and rewrite federal law on his own without a vote of Congress,” said Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). “That’s not the way our system of government was designed to work.”
The lawsuit also challenges the legality of payments made by the White House to insurance companies designed to lower consumers’ out-of-pocket costs. Republicans are charging that the money for these payments was not appropriated by Congress.
“If this president can get away with making his own laws, future presidents will have the ability to as well,” Boehner said. “The House has an obligation to stand up for the Constitution, and that is exactly why we are pursuing this course of action.”
Boehner also promised that the House will act separately against the executive action on immigration, saying that Obama is “damaging the presidency.”
“With this action, the president has chosen to deliberately sabotage any chance of enacting bipartisan reforms that he claims to seek,” Boehner said. “And as I told the president yesterday, he’s damaging the presidency itself.”
“We’re working with our members and looking at the options that are available to us, but I will say to you, the House will, in fact, act,” Boehner added.
“We have a broken immigration system and the American people expect us to work together to fix it,” Boehner said. “We ought to do it through the Democratic process — moving bills through the people’s house, through the Senate, and to the president’s desk.”
In addition to GOP promises to act, Texas Governor Rick Perry has declared that his state may also sue Obama over the immigration move.
“I think that’s probably a very real possibility,” Perry said, specifically referring to a lawsuit over deportation relief.
“I’m open to it,” he added, saying “I don’t like the idea of citizenship when people jump the line. We may have to do it.”
In addition, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who led the investigation into the dispute over Obama’s US citizenship, has promised to sue the President over the immigration reform order.
“Among the many negative affects of this executive order, will be the increased release of criminal aliens back onto streets of Maricopa County, Arizona, and the rest of the nation.” Arpaio stated.
Steve Watson is a London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.