The relationship between President Obama and the House has been anything but good, but things only got worse with plans to introduce legislation shortly to permit the House to sue the President.
The new legislation, to be introduced by Speaker John A Boehner next month, may face difficulties in reality because the House not only needs to establish that it has standing to bring anysuch case, but it would also need to show there has been a specific injury. Courts are also reluctant to interfere in the separation of powers between the executive and the legislative branches, as the New York Times reports.
Still, the fraught relationship will continue with debate over the legislation.
In a letter to lawmakers, Mr. Boehner expressed concern with what he — and many in the Republican conference — considered the president’s unconstitutional overreach.
“The Constitution makes it clear that a president’s job is to faithfully execute the laws; in my view, the president has not faithfully executed the laws,” Mr. Boehner told reporters. “And when there’s conflicts like this between the legislative branch and the administrative branch it’s, in my view, our responsibility to stand up for this institution in which we serve.”
Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the Democratic leader, called Mr. Boehner’s move “subterfuge,” and Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, said that “it seems that Republicans have shifted their opposition into a higher gear.”
“Frankly, it’s a gear that I didn’t know previously existed,” Mr. Earnest said. “The fact that they are considering a taxpayer-funded lawsuit against the president of the United States for doing his job, I think, is the kind of step that most Americans wouldn’t support.”