The US House of Representatives has passed a resolution to sue President
Barack Obama for allegedly exceeding his constitutional powers.
The 225-201 vote along party lines means House lawyers will now draft legal
documents to launch a lawsuit.
Its supporters say Mr Obama exceeded his powers when he delayed an
insurance deadline in his healthcare law.
The president himself has dismissed it as a waste of time.”Everyone sees this
as a political stunt,” he said.
“If they’re not going to do anything, we’ll do what we can on our own,” the
president added.And we’ve taken more than 40 actions aimed at helping
hardworking families like yours. That’s when we act – when your Congress
The action is reportedly the first time either the House or Senate has brought
legal action against a president over the legality of his powers, although
members of Congress have sued the president before.
Republicans in Congress have complained that Mr Obama has exceeded his
constitutional authority on numerous occasions, in order to bypass Congress
by issuing executive orders.
They object, for instance, to his order unilaterally easing deportations of some
young illegal immigrants, and the prison exchange that won the release of a
US soldier held captive for five years by the Taliban.
Congressman Pete Sessions of Texas sponsored the resolution
“This isn’t about Republicans or Democrats. It’s about defending the
Constitution we swore an oath to,” Speaker John Boehner said during an
impassioned debate in the House on Wednesday evening.
"Are you willing to let any president choose what laws to execute and what
laws to change? ”
At issue was Mr Obama’s decision to twice delay requirements in his 2010
healthcare overhaul that businesses over a certain size provide their workers
with health insurance.
Mr Obama has been forthright about his intentions to circumvent the
gridlocked Congress when possible, noting frequently that the Republican-
controlled House of Representatives has declined even to hold votes on
Senate-passed bills on topics from immigration reform to g*y rights.