Eight Georgia Congressman Vote to Sue Obama

July 31, 2014 13:31 pm

by Ed · 11 comments

SAVE AMERICACongs. Kingston, Westmoreland, Price, Woodall, Scott, Collins, Gingrey and Graves all voted for H. Res 676. The Resolution allows to Speaker Boehner to sue President Obama. Because, you know. #Freedom.

Paul Broun was one of five Republicans to vote against the Resolution, which passed the House on Thursday. All Democrats voted nay.

Republicans will say otherwise but the move is, in fact, unprecedented. Anyway it is good to see that Bush Derangement Syndrome has an equivalent: Obama Derangement Syndrome.

Statements from John Barrow, Doug Collins, Tom Graves and Tom Price are below the fold.

Barrow: Lawsuit A Waste of Time and Money

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman John Barrow (GA-12) today voted against legislation in the House of Representatives authorizing Speaker John Boehner to file a lawsuit against President Barack Obama for failing to implement provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Congressman Barrow released the following statement:

“I think this lawsuit is a waste of time and money,” said Congressman Barrow.  “I’m not shy about taking on this administration when it can do some good, but delaying these health care mandates is better than going forward with them.  In fact, I’m trying to get rid of them altogether.  The last thing we ought to be doing is suing to have them enforced.  Surely, there are more productive things Congress should be doing in its final days than spending time and money grandstanding to enforce a bad policy.”

COLLINS VOTES TO SUE OBAMA

House Vote Authorizes Lawsuit for Failure to Execute Duties Under the Constitution

WASHINGTON, July 30 – Congressman Doug Collins this evening voted to authorize the House of Representatives to sue President Barack Obama for his failure to execute his responsibilities set forth in the United States Constitution.  H. Res. 676 gives the House the authority to initiate a lawsuit based on President Obama’s repeated changes to and selective enforcement of his own healthcare legislation, completely circumventing the role and authority of the entire legislative branch.

Congressman Collins said: “Our constitution was written and our government designed so that one person cannot force his or her will on the entire country.  President Obama has exceeded every limit of his power to do just that.  This lawsuit is far from frivolous or unnecessary—it has precedent and it is one of the clearest actions of accountability at our disposal now.  To assert the authority of Congress is to assert the authority of the people Congress directly represents.  Any vote against this measure was made out of nothing more than divisive and destructive political loyalty.”

Rep. Graves Votes To Authorize House Speaker To Sue President Obama

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) voted for and the House passed H.Res. 676, a resolution to authorize the Speaker of the House to take legal action against President Obama for violating the U.S. Constitution by unilaterally making laws during the implementation of Obamacare.

“Congress must act to defend the Constitution when a president rewrites and selectively enforces the law,” said Rep. Graves. “If successful, the legal action authorized by the House today would stop the executive overreach and reverse President Obama’s unconstitutional actions. Bringing an end to President Obama’s imperial lawmaking spree would restore Americans’ confidence in our system of government and do much to protect our liberty, now and in the future.”

Price: We Must Restore Accountability and the Rule of Law

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Tom Price, M.D. (GA-06) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives approved H. Res. 676 to provide for the authority to initiate litigation in response to the Obama Administration’s failure to comply with its Constitutional duties. Such legal action has historical precedent with both Republicans and Democrats having been party to similar efforts in the past.

“As we continue to send legislation over to the Senate focused on positive solutions for economic growth and opportunity, the House of Representatives also has an obligation to defend the Constitution and the checks and balances there-in,” said Rep. Price. “The President of the United States and every member of Congress takes an oath to support and defend the Constitution and to faithfully perform the duties of their respective offices. President Obama on more than one occasion has abandoned his responsibility to faithfully execute the laws of the land – including unilaterally delaying or rewriting portions of Obamacare. Such actions are corrosive to our democracy and disrespectful to the American people. We must do all that is necessary to restore accountability and the rule of law.”

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Progressive Dem July 31, 2014 at 1:56 pm

#Sore Losers

Three Jack July 31, 2014 at 2:41 pm

So the GOP is suing Obama because he delayed implementation of ObamaRobertsCare which is what the GOP has been trying to do since it was first passed. Instead of just taking the next 5 weeks off, how about just cashing in for the remainder of 2014 to avoid any further dumbarse moves.

John Konop July 31, 2014 at 4:23 pm

I am with you Bart, not getting the strategy here? You add this to the anti chamber, anti any compromise on immigration…I am lost….Dems are gaining not by what they do….but by what the GOP does….

Michael Silver July 31, 2014 at 4:49 pm

I’m with the two of you …. that should freak you out.

This is a pathetic ploy. It demonstrates the Republican’s impotence. Its equivalent to a little girl running to her mommy (in this case the Judiciary) whining about the bad boy in the sand box that keeps taking her toys and calling her names.

I’m not certain the Judiciary will want to get involved. If the Judges don’t want to be involved, they’ll create all sorts of procedural requirements in the hope it goes away.

If the House is really upset, defund Obama. But, they don’t have cajones to do that. They are pathetic.

Will Durant July 31, 2014 at 2:55 pm

THIS kind of crap is what people are tired of hearing about. They would be more productive if supplied with some construction paper, paste, and macaroni.

Harry July 31, 2014 at 5:18 pm

Obama has flagrantly abused the separation of powers doctrine on several major occasions. This may prove a better strategy than doing nothing. Let’s don’t jump to any early conclusions.

Three Jack July 31, 2014 at 5:25 pm

Harry,

If he did flagrantly abuse his powers then there are other methods in which to respond including non-funding of whatever he flagrantly did. This politically charged move is not going to stop him or cause any previous move to be rescinded. But it will give dems plenty of talking points going forward.

Harry July 31, 2014 at 6:58 pm

I agree with the nonfunding approach also. The main advantage of a court proceeding will be for the sides to assert and defend against the listed causes of action. Let’s shine a spotlight on Obama’s gross overreaches of his limited executive power. I don’t see a downside to it. Will the lamestream media try to fault the GOP position in this matter? Sure, what’s new. The main thing is voter education, no matter if Obama or his partisans like it or not.

c_murrayiii July 31, 2014 at 8:26 pm

Unfortunately it will never get that far, the courts will likely throw the case out by saying the Members of Congress do not have standing to bring the suit. Or, they will throw it out as a political question.

Harry July 31, 2014 at 8:59 pm

So be it, but may prove interesting. There are two major branches of government involved. The courts may decide to sort it out.

saltycracker July 31, 2014 at 6:43 pm

Got time until mid-terms to shoot the other foot.
But then we might get this lawsuit won in a few weeks so it won’t drag on in the media.. :)