House Votes to Authorize Boehner to Sue Obama

7/31/14
 
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from The Wall Street Journal,
7/30/14:

Lawsuit Would Allege President Overstepped His Legal Authority, Citing Alteration to Affordable Care Act.

House lawmakers voted Wednesday to authorize Speaker John Boehner to file suit against President Barack Obama on a complaint that he had overstepped his legal authority, setting up a possible constitutional test and giving both parties a potent campaign issue to take home for the five-week congressional recess.

In a 225-201 vote, the House told Mr. Boehner (R., Ohio) to move ahead with the suit. House GOP leaders have said they would focus the suit on the White House’s decision last year to give employers a one-year reprieve on enforcing a requirement under the Affordable Care Act that they offer health coverage or pay a penalty. The requirement was delayed until 2015, and the White House then revised the health law further by saying employers with between 50 and 99 full-time workers wouldn’t have to comply or pay a fee until 2016.

Five Republicans joined Democrats in voting against pursuing the lawsuit. No Democrats voted to move forward with the suit.

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