Republican lawmakers at the House Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday spoke of suing President Barack Obama’s administration for not enforcing the Affordable Care Act as it was written.
Chairman of the Judiciary panel’s Constitution and Civil Justice subcommittee Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) said Congress should sue the administration for choosing not to enforce core aspects of Obamacare, like minimum requirements for individual healthcare plans.
“I think that’s the only choice we have, and that’s not just on Obamacare, that’s on a host of different things,” Franks told The Hill. “He simply embodies a breathtaking arrogance that ignores the law he’s sworn to uphold.”
Franks also accused the administration of declining to enforce the immigration law.
“Mr. Obama is unilaterally ignoring immigration law in many cases,” Franks said at the hearing.
He told the hearing that the administration has also taken action not based explicitly on laws passed by Congress, like the taxation of political contributions, the deep-water drilling ban and political speech disclosures for federal contractors.
In a November press release, Franks said 40 House Republicans have signed on to the lawsuit to challenge the Affordable Care Act “on the grounds that it violates the Origination Clause because it failed to originate in the correct house of Congress.”
However, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) have not endorsed a lawsuit against the administration.
Franks previously floated the idea of impeaching Obama over the Defense of Marriage Act, after the administration announced that it would not defend the constitutionality of Section 3 of the law. Boehner also took on the administration over DOMA.
McConnell filed an amicus brief over Obama’s used of recess appointees, The Hill reported.