Continuing the ongoing struggle between the executive and legislative branches of the federal government that has repeatedly stalled reforms on both ends of the political spectrum, House Speaker John Boehner has announced that he plans to file a lawsuit against President Obama.
Boehner claims that the lawsuit against Obama is regarding his abuse of executive power, and the filing would differentiate itself from the typical impeachment process.
“This is not about impeachment -- it’s about him faithfully executing the laws of this country,” said Boehner, according to Fox News.
Boehner did not cite one specific instance in which Obama has over-exerted his authority, instead claiming that the President’s actions have been slowly giving him a “king-like authority.”
“On one matter after another during his presidency, President Obama has circumvented the Congress through executive action, creating his own laws and excusing himself from executing statutes he is sworn to enforce -- at times even boasting about his willingness to do it, as if daring the American people to stop him,” reads a portion of a memo Boehner distributed to Republicans in the House of Representatives regarding the possible lawsuit.
Although Boehner has been one of the primary figureheads in the opposition to President Obama and his administration, the lawsuit would be filed on behalf of the House of Representatives. It would also have to be approved by the legislative body.
Despite legislators’ belief that they are being unfairly circumvented by the executive branch, Real Clear Politics tracks Congressional approval at a strikingly low 13%. President Obama’s job approval rating has also dipped to 41% in recent weeks, largely due to his handling of the current situation in Iraq.