A lawsuit against President Barack Obama was approved by the House involving his alleged abuse of executive power. This lawsuit could prove to be a total spill onto Obamas midterm campaign trail.
The vote that backed up the resolution opening up the lawsuit was a vote of 225 to 201.
According to Republicans, such a lawsuit is necessary because it would hold our president accountable to the U.S. Constitution. They added that President Obama exceeded his authority when he decided he could make unilateral changes to the Affordable Care Act. They explained their actions as a necessary measure as their legal actions were not only warranted but mandatory. Their argument was that president Obama violated a president’s constitutional duty of executing the laws faithfully. Moreover, Republicans stated that through his actions, president Obama did nothing more than to shift the power from Congress towards the presidency and that such an act would prove to be dangerous.
On the other hand, Democrats deemed the president’s effort as a political charade and said that it was only a means of stirring up GOP voters for the congressional elections. Moreover, Democrats explained that they would not be a part of the efforts of Republicans as they try to mollify conservatives in their attempts at impeaching Obama.
House Speaker John Boehner added that no Democrat would allow himself to impeach president Obama and that neither of them have thought of future plans. He added that any additional information should be regarded as a scam. As they dismissed the proposal, democrats also said that the entire lawsuit was nothing more than a legally groundless exercise that would only be enforced through hard earned taxpayer money.
Doug Lamborn, R-Colo. Rep. said that both Obama and any other future occupants of the Oval Office should and will be held accountable if and when they perform lawlessness acts.
Both parties have arguments that would support their claim: Democrats believe that the president hasn’t acted within his legal rights when he changed the law through his executive actions, whereas Democrats affirm that president Obama acted within his legal right as an empowered chief executive.
Apart from the issue regarding the Affordable Care Act, Republicans also affirm that Obama exceeded his powers in other occasions. An example of such an occasion (as Republicans see it) was when president Obama traded the lives of five Taliban members to make sure that some children would not get deported.