House Votes 225-201 to Grant John Boehner Authority to Sue Obama

John Boehner

Earlier today, the House of Representatives voted to authorize Speaker John Boehner to move ahead with his asinine attempt to sue the President on the grounds that Obama overstepped his legal authority on the Affordable Care Act.

The vote was 225-201 with five Republicans joining all Democrats in voting no.

The Wall Street Journal reports:

Mr. Boehner, speaking just before the vote, said Congress needed to assert its authority under the Constitution to combat executive overreach. "This isn't about Republicans and Democrats. It's about defending the Constitution we swore an oath to uphold," he said.

Mr. Obama, speaking to a friendly crowd in Kansas City ahead of the vote, said that suing him wasn't a productive thing to do.

"Everybody recognizes this is a political stunt," he said of the lawsuit. "But it's worse than that, because every vote they're taking like that means a vote they're not taking to actually help you."


  1. JSB says

    Why doesn’t the sworn oath of office that Speaker Boehner and his cronies made mean anything?
    Why aren’t they doing their job and working FOR the USA instead of against it?

  2. JackFknTwist says

    So much BS from this turd.

    And so little productive legislation from his monkeys.

  3. David From Canada says

    The Republican dog and pony show continues.
    The GOP are the American version of the Hamas – terrorizing everyone and everything they can.

  4. Hey Darlin' says

    The most effective way to use your time and our money is to bring a better idea to the table.

    Unless of course, the whole purpose is to grab media attention and paint democrats negatively in the runup to the next presidential election.

  5. Jack M says

    Thanks for wasting our money, GOP! Signed, the American taxpayers. Too bad you don’t act on meaningful legislation this quickly!

  6. Jere says

    How do you know John “Fake Tan” Boner is lying? Every time he opens his mouth. Have they figured out yet that election season is going to be very dismal for them?

  7. Andy says

    It’s a shame the Republican party has become the party of cranks and nuts, because we really do need two sane parties to have a healthy democracy. The GOP is just scary cuckoo.

  8. Mike says

    The sad thing is, they are actually right.

    As numerous whistle-blowers have shown, including Snowden, since 9/11 the US government *has* been doing several things expressly prohibited by the Constitution, and Obama has been taking that to new extremes. We’ve essentially had a silent coup.

  9. Matt27 says

    Gop is so out of reality. This won’t end well to them and they’ll have a bitter and long fight, who will get the power in the party and hopefully they will lose one elections after anoter.

  10. Robert says

    “As numerous whistle-blowers have shown, including Snowden, since 9/11 the US government *has* been doing several things expressly prohibited by the Constitution, and Obama has been taking that to new extremes. We’ve essentially had a silent coup.”

    You seriously think this has to do with things like the Patriot Act and phone-tapping? You think THAT’S John Boehner’s goal in suing the president?

  11. MaryM says

    Congress is worthless.

    How does the US plan to become a democracy.

    Will it require another revolution I wonder?

  12. Tyler says

    So the GOP members of Congress fought tooth and nail against the implementation of Obamacare. And now they’re complaining it isn’t being rolled out fast enough?!?

    How does that make any sense? Oh wait, the President is Black. Never mind. It seems to be very clear now.

    If Obama does one thing, I guess the GOP has to want or do the opposite. And that’s the way it’s going to stay until the man is out of office.

    It’s kind of funny/sad that Mike, Towleroad’s resident Republican troll, actually agrees with the GOP in Congress. GOP = The party for sociopaths with no empathy.

  13. Tom says

    As an American citizen, I feel the need to sue boner for derelection of duty. In other words: DOING NOTHING!!!!!!

  14. Keith says

    I wonder if this is a setup of Boehner. All these House GOPs are chomping at the bit to oust one another and make themselves look good. I wouldn’t be surprised if they passed the lawsuit process in order to make Boehner look like a fool and become un-electable.

  15. Bob R says

    @Mike: Obama is only one third of the “government” you condemn. The Executive is responsible for enforcing the laws passed by Congress, the Legislative branch. The Judicial branch is charged with the responsibility of verifying those laws as abiding within our Constitution’s framework.

    Bad things happened as a result of the fear generated by the 9/11 attacks during the Bush years. That’s when the “Patriot Act” was approved and many of our Constitutional guarantees of privacy and freedom were suspended or revoked. With the people’s approval, I might add.

    Obama has continued those policies and in some cases even expanded them. On several occasions when he tried to roll them back (closing Guantanamo, for example) the GOP led legislature rebelled. The fact is it was GW Bush/Cheney that shredded the Constitution and started skirting the laws (or ignoring them) via signing statements, etc.

    It’s all politics and Obama is damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t. Should he relax any of these liberty killing policies of the Patriot Act and other laws and the US suffers another attack, he would be vilified and impeached within hours. Even now the GOP House is attempting to sue or impeach him for not enforcing ACA to their satisfaction, even though they have held at least 50 votes to repeal the act.

    What we’re dealing with is insanely hateful people who loathe this president, mainly I would guess because of his skin color, and suffer from a disease which may be fatal for our republic called Obama Derangement Syndrome.

    Yes, there has been a coup. It occurred in 2000 when the Supreme Court appointed GW Bush president. Since that time we have no longer been the United States of America but in fact the Corporate States of America. The American people are steeped in fear, a deep seated fear that FDR warned about some 80 years ago.

    We must no longer allow corporations “personhood” and we must get outside money out of political campaigns and government. We must also accept the fact that we are the “government” and to quote Pogo “We have met the enemy and he is us.”

  16. Chuck Mielke says

    In addition to suing Boehner and his allies for dereliction of duties, I think we need a Constitutional amendment requiring Congress to do the work necessary to the WHOLE NATION, not just to a select minority of supporters and true-believers. Both parties have cried out against, and also acted upon the demands of, “special interests.” When will they work for the whole population, attempting to balance social programs and fiscal matters, for example, to improve the economy and avoid such threats as global warming?

  17. says

    It;s funny that they first threatened to impeach him, but when the Democrats used that to make them look like the fools they are, the GOP switched tactics, while acting like they never said “impeachment”.

    Now they’re going to sue Obama, but they’re still not sure exactly what they’re going to sue Obama over, other than Presidenting While Black.

  18. Polyboy says

    Yeah Mike, keep up that fiction and the amnesia surrounding FISA (which was passed in the 70’s) and the Patriot Act.

    And as for Snowden, he stopped being a whistleblower the moment he stopped talking about domestic spying and started revealing international intelligence secrets of the U.S. and its allies. He is officially a spy.

  19. Dback says

    For those of you under 30 who were too young to remember what was going on in 1998, this is now the second time that the Republican-led Congress has tried to “undo” a Democratic President’s 2nd term on trumped-up charges.

    We are dealing with people who seriously believe they have the right to “own” the entire government–all three branches–to push through their agenda, be it “pro-business” (more offshore taxes, more pollution), “right to life” (meaning anti-choice), “pro-family” (anti-gay), “pro-faith” (everyone better bow down before Jesus or else), “pro-freedom” (2nd amendment is sacred but God help you if you think everyone should have access to health care), etc.

    Obama’s race is definitely part of why they dislike him so much, but even if we had President Biden, President Kerry, or President Clinton (again!), the Repubs would be looking for some way to discredit and stymie the prez and make him or her as ineffectual as possible. Then, of course, once they recapture the White House–as we saw under Bush II–it’s “you’d better support the President 100% or you’re unpatriotic godless liberal scum.” Listen to Ted Cruz and Louie Gohmert if you can stomach it; these people have no shame.

  20. Philie says

    “This isn’t about Republicans and Democrats. It’s about defending the Constitution we swore an oath to uphold,” he said.

    … Anyone at all sees the irony in this over-bronzed clown’s words? Where was Boehner when the House went on strike and caused the government BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. Where was Boehner when the House voted AGAINST upholding the constitution in defense of citizen rights, safety and livelihood?

    Oh yeah, Boehzo was busy applying his make-up, and practicing his crocodile tears in front of a mirror.

  21. johnny says

    The hilarious part is:

    Aside from the incredible expense, any type of lawsuit like this (with evidentiary hearings, challenges, appeals, etc.) would actually take much longer than Obama will be in office. A typical civil suit can take up to 5 or more years and this would be much, much larger in terms of all of the above.

    So, other than political grandstanding, what’s the point?

  22. Jerry says


    I need more conservative humor in my life, and the total meltdown that will arise from Republicans suing the president will make me bust a gut.

  23. walter says

    just more to prove that the republicans want to keep people”s attention away from how little they have accomplished in 6 years. they sue the president for doing his job while they blissfully take another vacation from doing theirs . how many people get paid 176000 a year for part time work?

  24. It's-the-economy-stupid says

    “Economy’s growth rate surges to 4 percent in second quarter.”

  25. says

    Where in the constitution does it give congress the authority to sue the executive branch, let alone on “behalf” of the American people? Mr. Boehner and the house of representative are the one’s defying the constitution and quite arguably committed treason with this vote.