Congs. 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.”