Boehner says House plans to sue Obama

Boehner said Obama has “run an end-around” on the public and Congress.
J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press
Boehner said Obama has “run an end-around” on the public and Congress.

WASHINGTON — The House will vote next month on legislation authorizing a campaign-season lawsuit accusing President Obama of failing to carry out the laws passed by Congress, Speaker John Boehner announced Wednesday.

In a memo distributed to House members, Boehner, Republican of Ohio, accused Obama of ‘‘aggressive unilateralism’’ and said if left unchecked, it would give the president ‘‘king-like authority at the expense of the American people and their elected legislators.’’

White House press secretary Josh Earnest dismissed any suggestion that the president has failed to act within the law in issuing executive orders or taking other actions. ‘‘We feel completely confident that the president was operating within his authority as the president of the United States to take these steps on behalf of the American people,’’ he told reporters.


Whatever the outcome of the suit in the courts, Boehner’s announcement guarantees creation of yet another political struggle between Republicans and Obama and his Democratic allies.

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‘‘On matters ranging from health care and energy to foreign policy and education, President Obama has repeatedly run an end-around’’ on the public and Congress, the speaker wrote. He accused him of ‘‘ignoring some statutes completely, selectively enforcing others, and at times, creating laws of his own.’’

At a news conference, Boehner strongly brushed aside a question of whether impeachment proceedings could result from the suit.