Hey Smart Girls!
Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) announced early last month that he would be suing President Obama, not personally but as the Speaker of the House of the United States of America. The lawsuit is centered around how Boehner believes that the President has not upheld the Constitutional right held by the Office of the President in regards to the Affordable Healthcare Act, energy decisions, education and foreign policy.
Boehner believes that the President began overstepping the boundaries of his office when Republicans regained control of the House in 2011.
The lawsuit features terms about the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. ObamaCare). Boehner, and fellow Republicans believe that President Obama did wrong over the delayed announcement that citizens will not be able to keep their current insurance, but will have to switch over to a plan under ObamaCare.
Predictions have been made that the topic of the lawsuit that has the best chance of sticking in court is the ObamaCare mandate, mentioned.
Congress will hear the exact terms of the lawsuit on August 23. However, the Supreme Court will have to rule whether the House has the right to sue. The way they prove that is by showing they have a personal stake in the outcome of the ObamaCare mandate, foreign policy, environmental issues and education in this nation.
It has been explained that this lawsuit is less about proving that he overstepped his boundaries and more about the waves it will cause in D.C. and to raise awareness that there are boundaries.
Although, the lawsuit is not a surprise, it will mix up current political standing, as it has been reported in the month following the announcement, the Democratic Party as fundraised, collectively, upwards of $4 Million (politicus.com). John Boehner released a memo to his fellow Republican members of Congress, informing them of the lawsuit, and inviting them to join the lawsuit if they felt it was necessary. President Obama responded with a light-hearted threat of asking Republicans how to replenish a project called the Highway Trust Fund, a fund meant for money available for transportation improvements, funded from a gas tax.
All of this comes just months before midterm elections in November, which unofficially marks President Obama as a “lame duck” President. “Lame duck” President means that it will be that much harder passing any kind of laws, which has proven difficult without being a “lame duck” President.
This is not the first time Congress has sued a sitting President. President Clinton was sued because members of Congress believed he had overstepped the boundaries of War Powers Act in 1999 by conducting airstrikes against Yugoslavia without receiving Congressional Approval. That lawsuit was ultimately thrown out because the evidence presented was not enough.
What do you think about the lawsuit? How do you see it ending? Do you think it will have an impact on the Midterm Elections in November?