Boehner: House to sue Obama

Speaker of the House John Boehner
Speaker of the House John Boehner

John Boehner is back with his statements and this time he wants to sue Obama as an individual. 

The speaker of the House Boehner is planning to hold a House vote authorizing a suit against the president over his executive orders on immigration, which could grant work visas to millions of undocumented immigrants and their spouses.

Boehner told his conference at a closed-door meeting that he has a team exploring the best options to challenge last year’s executive action, under which the Homeland Security Department will begin granting legal working status to millions of immigrants, according to unnamed sources in the room.

“Our team has been working on litigation. We are finalizing a plan to authorize litigation on this issue—one we believe gives us the best chance of success,” he said, according to a source in the room.

 

Last week the House voted to fund the Homeland Security Department through the end of the budget year. John Boehner’s House passed a funding bill for the Homeland Security Department on Tuesday, with Democrats carrying the ball and Republicans supplying just 75 votes. This, of course, was a complete capitulation from earlier threats to shut down the department rather than acquiesce in President Obama’s unilateral order on immigration.

And it came after that embarrassing Friday night cliffhanger when a revolt by the hard-line wing defeated Boehner’s bill for a three-week funding extension, and all the House speaker could muster was a one-week stopgap to avoid having the party blamed for a partial shutdown. The Senate, with Mitch McConnell’s help, had already passed a so-called “clean” bill.

The end result is no one is happy. 
 
Republicans are worried that the ongoing congressional dysfunction will hurt the party’s chances in 2016. Based on what they’re telling reporters, many Republicans sound downright depressed.

Politico says GOP lawmakers are “shaken” by the debacle and that “the pessimism is palpable,” with many questioning  “whether their newfound majority can deliver anything significant over the next two years. The fear among House Republicans is that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will be too quick to heed Democratic demands and push through watered-down bills on education, trade, health care and the budget. And the worry among Senate Republicans is that their House counterparts will scuttle hard-fought compromises that offer the only way to overcome filibusters and get bills to President Barack Obama’s desk.”

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