Republicans in Congress Sue President Obama To Stop Unilateral Action
What do you get when you mix a Doctor (Senator Rand Paul), a RINO (Senator McCain), a half-baked Congressman (Congressman Boehner) and a freedom fighter (Senator Cruz) at the SOTU address? A lawsuit! Yes Barack Obama has stepped over the line in public in such a way that progressives and conservatives are banding together and taking the President to court!
The executive actions that Obama touted during the State of the Union speech are adding fresh urgency to the legal efforts of Republicans, who say he is using the authority of his office in unprecedented ways. “We can go to court,” Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said. “We haven’t got many more options except [to] tell the American people that we’re seeing an abuse of the intent of the Constitution.” Republicans have launched a salvo of legal actions to challenge the president on issues ranging from the implementation of the Affordable Care Act to the National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance programs.
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Republicans would not sit idly by as Obama takes unilateral actions like raising the minimum wage for federal contractors to $10.10 an hour. “We’re going to watch very closely, because there’s a Constitution that we all take an oath to, including him, and following the Constitution is the basis for House Republicans,” Boehner said. Much of the GOP frustration centers on the healthcare law, which the administration has routinely delayed and changed during the implementation process. GOP lawmakers argue the administration’s selective enforcement of the healthcare law amounts to an unconstitutional exercise of power. They point to the administration’s decisions to delay health insurance requirements, cap out-of-pocket costs and expand the employer mandate penalty.
They are also challenging the healthcare law’s contraception mandate, which the administration tweaked after an outcry from churches and religious organizations that oppose birth control. Republican senators filed two amicus briefs to the Supreme Court on Tuesday arguing the contraception mandate cannot stand. “The First Amendment guarantees every American the right to free exercise of religion,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said. : “Yet, the Obama administration has chosen repeatedly to break the law by giving breaks to big business and Congress, while refusing to grant those same waivers to people with sincerely held religious beliefs,” he said.
Another amicus brief filed by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) argues that the Department of Health and Human Services violated the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in its implementation of the contraception mandate. Eighty-eight lawmakers have signed it. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is planning a court offensive of his own, and plans to file a class action lawsuit against the NSA in the coming days. He told the State of the Net conference Tuesday that the lawsuit is already written and predicted the Supreme Court would ultimately decide the challenge. “I would like people on the Internet to go out and really support our lawsuit,” he said. “Ten million people signed up for a lawsuit sends a message,” he added.