News

House Republicans vote to sue Obama over health care

House Republicans vote to sue Obama over health care

The 225-201 vote to sue President Obama, along party lines, to authorize the suit will allow House lawyers to draft legal documents over a five-week summer recess starting on Friday. Photo: Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday cleared the way for the launch of a lawsuit accusing President Barack Obama of overstepping his authority in carrying out his signature health care law.

The 225-201 vote, along party lines, to authorize the suit will allow House lawyers to draft legal documents over a five-week summer recess starting on Friday.

The planned lawsuit is expected to generate months of bitter campaign rhetoric from both Republicans and Democrats ahead of November elections that will determine the political control of Congress next year.

The suit is expected to claim that Obama, a Democrat, exceeded his executive authority in making unilateral changes to the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.

Republicans argue that by delaying some healthcare coverage mandates and granting various waivers, he bypassed Congress in violation of the U.S. Constitution.

Republicans have complained about other unilateral actions that Obama has taken to advance his agenda, from executive orders on immigration policy to same-sex partner benefits.

But they have narrowly focused the suit on the healthcare law because “it is the option most likely to clear the legal hurdles necessary to succeed,” said Republican Representative Pete Sessions of Texas, who chairs the House Rules Committee.

“This administration has effectively rewritten the law without following the constitutional process,” Sessions added.

Democrats have slammed the lawsuit effort as a politically motivated waste of taxpayer resources while Congress has failed to act on other pressing issues including emergency funding to deal with a flood of migrant children.

“This is a veiled attempt at impeaching the president,” said Democratic Representative Sheila Jackson-Lee of Texas.

(Reporting By David Lawder; Editing by Caren Bohan and Sandra Maler)

Recent Headlines

20 mins ago in Local Sports

Weisner leads No. 9 Oregon St over No. 24 Washington

Fresh
oregon state vs uw women from Pac-12 Networks via twitter

Senior Jamie Weisner scored 21 points to lead No. 9 Oregon State to its ninth straight win, over No. 24 Washington on Friday night.

26 mins ago in Local Sports

Alleyne ties Oregon record in win over WSU women

Fresh
wsu cougars washington state univeristy pac 12 football logo

Jillian Alleyne had 25 points on 10-of-13 shooting and 14 rebounds to tie the school record with her 88th career double-double and Oregon used a dominating start to defeat Washington State on Friday night.

39 mins ago in Local Sports

NWC basketball scoreboard from February 5th, 2016

Fresh
lc boys from 2-5-16

Senior guard Jake Poag's 16 points led Lynden Christian's balanced attack on Friday night as the Lyncs picked up the win over Mt. Baker as heard on KPUG 1170 The Sports Leader.

6 hours ago in Local

Some blueberry growers have admitted to violating rights of workers

blueberry bush

Some blueberry growers admitted to failing to pay minimum wage and overtime to their workers.

6 hours ago in Local

Everett bikini barista killed by propane heater accident

clipart.com

Fire investigators have completed their investigation into a blaze that killed a bikini barista owner.