“They’re not doing anything, and then they’re mad at me for doing something. They’ve decided they’re going to sue me for doing my job.” – President Barack Obama
House Republicans gave Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) the authorization to sue President Barack Obama, marking the first time in U.S. history that a chamber of Congress has endorsed a lawsuit against a president. The House adopted the resolution by a vote of 225-201. Five Republicans joined a unanimous Democratic conference to vote against the measure. They were Reps. Thomas Massie (R-KY), Walter Jones (R-SC), Paul Broun (R-GA), Steve Stockman (R-TX) and Scott Garrett (R-NJ) (Sahil Kapur).
Republicans are suing President Obama for delaying the employer mandate in the Affordable Care Act, yes, that mean Republicans are suing the president for not enforcing a law they voted over 50 times to repeal. The lawsuit will cost taxpayers millions of dollars and won’t be resolved until president Obama has left office, the lawsuit is a political stunt orchestrated by Republicans to energize their base ahead of this year’s mid-term election.
Republicans accuse Obama of being a tyrannical leader, singlehandedly transforming America through executive actions. Obama’s use of executive action is far less than many of his predecessors, Obama ranks 19th all-time among all presidents and trails every president back to and including Jimmy Carter, except George H.W. Bush, who served just one term (Domenico Montanaro). Speaking in Minnesota, Obama said of the Republican lawsuit:
“You know, I might have said in the heat of the moment in one of these debates, ‘I want to raise the minimum wage, so sue me when I do,’” the president said. “But I didn’t think they were going to take it literally.”
“They don’t do anything, except block me and call me names,” he said.
The remarks in Minnesota were in addition to the president’s interview Friday morning on ABC, in which he vowed no apologies and dismissed the lawsuit.
“I’m not going to apologize for trying to do something while they’re doing nothing,” Obama said before adding, “The suit is a stunt.”
Since the beginning of 2014, Obama has used executive actions to change federal minimum wage laws, climate change rules, student loans and equal pay for women. Obama has been forced to act alone because congressional Republicans have blocked every one of the president’s agenda items without presenting an adequate alternative. The current Congress is on course to be the least effective Congress in modern U.S. History with Republicans in the House refusing to negotiate with Democrats and Senate Republicans abusing the filibuster. It’s remarkable that Obama has been able to get anything done with the do-nothings in Congress obstructing the president.
Instead of focusing on jobs or immigration reform Republicans in Congress decided to waste taxpayer’s dollars on a frivolous lawsuit against President Obama, and for what, doing his job? Since Obama has been President; unemployment is at its lowest levels since 2008, the stock market has never been higher, and millions of Americans have access to health insurance for the first time in their life. All this as Republicans are doing nothing and preparing for an undeserved month long vacation, maybe its Obama that should be suing Republicans.