Boehner wants to sue President Obama

John Boehner
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, file)

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Speaker John Boehner is talking about suing President Barack Obama for allegedly exceeding his constitutional authority when it comes to administering the laws that Congress passes.

Boehner has frequently accused Obama of picking and choosing what portions of laws to enforce, sometimes by issuing executive orders. That is particularly so for health care and immigration. Spokesman Michael Steel says the Ohio Republican told members of the GOP rank-and-file a lawsuit is possible, but didn’t provide details.

Steel also noted the House has passed legislation on two occasions attempting to rein in Obama’s actions, but the Democratic-controlled Senate has refused to act on them.

Any lawsuit could lead to a far-reaching court battle between the president and Congress, who make up two equal branches of government under the Constitution. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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