Boehner Says He’ll Sue President Obama Over Use of Executive Orders

John Boehner has every intention of suing President Barack Obama over the President’s use of executive action, according to the House Speaker.

John_Boehner_official_portrait"On matters ranging from [health care] and energy to foreign policy and education, President Obama has repeatedly run an end-around on the American people and their elected legislators,” Boehner stated via memo. “[He has strained] the boundaries of the solemn oath he took on Inauguration Day.”

Boehner plans to bring a bill to the House floor this July in order to galvanize the filing of a lawsuit by the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group. Conservatives claim that the President is overstepping his boundaries by working his way around legislative processes.

Despite longtime calls for the lawsuit from a number of rank and file Republicans, Boehner’s lawsuit is unlikely to be filed until after Congress’s upcoming week-long recess.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi Wednesday said the lawsuit is "a subterfuge" to make up for the lack of accomplishments on the Republican side, CNN reports:

Pelosi said the House GOP effort to challenge the Defense of Marriage Act in court wasted $2.3 million in taxpayer money, and said "here we go again."

Obama has used his executive authority to push through a number of issues. Most recently, he directed the Department of Labor to extend family leave to same-sex couples. Previously, he raised the minimum wage for federal contractors and halt deportations for many children in the United States illegally.

Obama has also promised to sign an EO protecting LGBT contractors from discrimination.


  1. Jack M says

    Too bad he doesn’t have anything better to do, like work on legislation that would benefit the citizens of this country. Ah, priorities!

  2. kdknyc says

    The running, jumping, leaping GALL! When bush jr signed over 600 executive orders, where was the outrage?

    Pelosi is right–they just want camouflage to cover their lack of any accomplishments.

  3. JackFknTwist says

    So his thinking is;
    “We are doing nothing and everyone else should do nothing.”

    Go paint on a tan, loser.

  4. Terry says

    Boner boy is at it again. Rather than focus on controlling his caucus he give in to the most radical elements whose legislative goal is to destroy this president. I’m not a great Obama supporter but I teach government and his actions so far have all been within the scope of his presidential powers and Boner knows that. This is a diversion and waste of money.

  5. David From Canada says

    John Boehner and the Republicans continue to slit their own throats in public. What a bunch of trouble-making hacks.

  6. jason MacBride says

    Guy does everything in the world except the job his constituents elected him to do.

  7. TG says

    [Jason Macbride said
    “Guy does everything in the world except the job his constituents elected him to do.”]

    That could apply to a large percentage of members of congress.

  8. Moniker says

    ” I endorsed hundreds of Bush’s executive order but I will sue Obama.. wa..wa…wa..wa “

  9. Owens says

    Terry, I hope to read your views (scholars give objective views) when the details are released about this “lawsuit”. I read somewhere that the court does not get involved in these kind of disputes, between the legislative branches and the President’s office, is that correct?

  10. says

    If a judge hears any of his grievances, they better be as him as a citizen, not a congressional “representative.” Congress doesn’t have any legal grounds to challenge executive orders in court. There is legal precedence for the president to execute executive orders; just like congress has an end-round to pass laws the president vetoes. If he spends one cent of public money to challenge any executive order, he should be immediately removed from office and tried for treason for explicitly overstepping his authority and deliberately attempting to overthrow the government.

    P.S. I can’t wait to watch him throw a tantrum when a judge refuses to address him congressman Boehner, but rather Mr. Boehner.