WASHINGTON, June 27, 2014 – Today President Obama came out to blast House Republicans who have threanted to sue him over policy executive orders. The reasoning being that the President illegally used executive orders to bypass Republican stonewalling, saying the President is “overstepping his constitutional boundaries by taking a series of executive actions.”
“They don’t do anything except block me and call me names,” Obama said in an economic speech that concluded a two-day visit to Minnesota.
Obama’s remarks were made during a speech, launching a partisan attack at an official function. Democrat’s strategy for a November win is the often pushed line that Republicans are out of touch with everyday Americans and more concerned about helping rich people.
House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner has said he is considering the lawsuit charging the president for abusing his authority by stepping around Congress to enact executive orders to advance his agenda in the face of congressional gridlock
Obama has used executive orders for things such as healthcare, energy and foreign policy. He has raised the minimum wage for federal contractors and stopped deportations of young illegal immigrants.
Also passed via executive orders was the extention of family leave rights to workers in same-sex marriage and barred discrimination by contractors to LGBT persons.
Boehner’s memo further said that he will bring legislation to a floor vote in July ot authorize the House General Counsel to file suit.
Obama has a “solid legal rationale” for his actions, Josh Earnest, White House spokes person says, adding Congress should work with the administration, not take it to court.
“The fact that they are considering a taxpayer-funded lawsuit against the president of the United States for doing his job, I think is the kind of step that most Americans wouldn’t support,” Earnest said.
“The Constitution makes it clear that the president’s job is to faithfully execute the law. In my view, the president has not faithfully executed the law,” Boehner told reporters. Earlier Boehner has writer a memo to Republican lawmakers saying that Obama’s actions gave him a “king-like authority” at the expense of all Americans.
For the 2014 mid-terms, Republicans have a chance to grab control of the senate, and the House Majority. A Republican House and Senate would render the President’s final time in the White House useless and it would very much doom any chances of getting legislation, such as immigration, approved.
Executive actions on issues such as energy and education have been used to get around Republican opposition.
“So we take these actions, and now Republicans are mad at me for taking these actions,” President Obama says. “They’re not doing anything and then they’re mad at me for doing something. I’m not sure which of the things I’ve done they find most offensive, but they’ve decided they’re going to sue me for doing my job.”
“The American people, their elected representatives,” Michael Steel, spokesperson for Boehner says, “The Supreme Court have all expressed serious concerns about the president’s failure to follow the Constitution.”
Other presidents have actively invoked executive actions. During his first four years in office, Obama signed 147 such orders. In comparison, George W. Bush signed 173, Bill Clinton enacted 200 and Ronald Reagan ordered 213 in their first terms.
Nine Notable Quotes from President Obama at Lake Harriet (courtesy Fox Twin Cities)
OBAMACARE: “Now in Minnesota you can say the women are strong, the men are good-looking, the children are above average and 95 percent of you are insured.”
ECONOMY: “By every economic measure, we are better off now than when I took office. You wouldn’t know it, but we are. We’ve made some enormous strides. But that’s not the end of the story. We have more work to do.”
DAY WITH REBEKAH: “I really like her, and her husband is like the husband of the year. Generally you don’t want your wife to meet Rebekah’s husband. Because she’ll be like,‘Why aren’t you like that?’”
AT THE FALLS: “We had a town hall at Minnehaha Park, although I did not take a kayak over the falls.”
FAN MAIL: “Sometimes the letters say thank you for something I’ve done. Sometimes the letters say you are an idiot and the worst president ever.”
OPPORTUNITY: “We’re fighting so everybody has a chance. We’re fighting to vindicate the idea that no matter who you are or what you look like, how you grew up, or who you love, or who you parents were, or what your last name is – it doesn’t matter. America is a place where if you’re doing the right thing and you’re being responsible and you’re taking care of your family, that you can make it.”
BOEHNER LAWSUIT: “I might have said during one of those debates that I want to raise the minimum wage, so sue me if I do. But I didn’t think they were going to take it literally.”
HOPE: “Cynicism is a choice, and hope is a better choice. Every day, I am lucky enough to receive a thousand acts of hope