Debbie Wasserman Schultz Picks Fight With John Boehner for Suing Obama

By: Kevin Derby | Posted: June 27, 2014 3:55 AM
Debbie Wasserman Schultz and John Boehner

Debbie Wasserman Schultz and John Boehner

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said this week that he was planning to bring out a bill in July allowing Congress to sue President Barack Obama over his executive actions, and a congresswoman from Florida is in the lead pushing back. 

Boehner sent a letter to congressmen this week, arguing that Obama had overstepped his powers as president.

“For years Americans have watched with concern as President Barack Obama has declined to faithfully execute the laws of our country – ignoring some statutes completely, selectively enforcing others, and at times, creating laws of his own,” Boehner wrote.

Pointing to the Constitution, Boehner noted it mandated the president “shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed” but Obama often ignored it.

“Under the Constitution’s separation of powers principle, only the legislative branch has the power to legislate,” Boehner insisted. “On one matter after another during his presidency, President Obama has circumvented the Congress through executive action, creating his own laws and excusing himself from executing statutes he is sworn to enforce – at times even boasting about his willingness to do it, as if daring the America people to stop him. On matters ranging from health care and energy to foreign policy and education, President Obama has repeatedly run an end-around on the American people and their elected legislators, straining the boundaries of the solemn oath he took on Inauguration Day.”

Insisting Obama was violating what the Founding Fathers intended, Boehner claimed Obama’s “aggressive unilateralism" is having “significant implications for our system of government, and presents a clear challenge to our institution and its ability to effectively represent the people.” The speaker added that many of Obama’s executive actions were impacting the economy as the White House strangled growth with excessive regulations.

Turning to his proposal, Boehner said he planned to unveil it in July.

“I intend to bring to the floor in July legislation that would authorize the House of Representatives – through the House General Counsel and at the direction of the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group (BLAG) – to file suit in the coming weeks in an effort to compel the president to follow his oath of office and faithfully execute the laws of our country,” Boehner wrote. “The legislation would follow regular order and be considered by the Rules Committee following its introduction, prior to its consideration by the full House.

“I believe the House must act as an institution to defend the constitutional principles at stake and to protect our system of government and our economy from continued executive abuse. The president has an obligation to faithfully execute the laws of our country,” Boehner concluded. “When this legislation is introduced in the coming weeks, I ask that you review it and join me in supporting it when it goes before the House.”

But a prominent congresswoman from Florida responded by going after Boehner’s proposal, insisting it was an overtly partisan attack that would end up wasting taxpayer funds in the legal challenge.

From her perches as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and as the ranking Democrat on the U.S. House Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wassserman Schultz, D-Fla., hit back at Boehner’s proposal.
“House Republicans will do anything to distract from their inability or unwillingness to legislate, and each time they do so they step further to the right and further away from the economic and security priorities of the American people,” Wasserman Schultz said. “Today’s announcement by Speaker Boehner fits squarely into their failed leadership agenda, but goes even further because it is so hypocritical and is so personally motivated by their political opposition to the president.
“Speaker Boehner and House Republicans are poised to embark on another multimillion-dollar waste of taxpayer money, like the millions they wasted defending the indefensible and unconstitutional Defense of Marriage Act and the billions of dollars they wasted shutting the government down to deny Americans health care,” Wasserman Schultz added, before noting that President George W. Bush issued more executive orders than Obama.

“I would remind the speaker that President George W. Bush issued many more executive orders than President Obama,” Wasserman Schultz said. “House Democrats may not have always been pleased, but we never sued President Bush. It is pathetic that this do-nothing Republican Congress now wants to do something, and that something is suing the president of the United States … for actually doing something! The politics were never purer, or more putrid.”

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Comments (13)

dave fe
1:13PM JUN 29TH 2014
Republicans claim they are not racist but the public sees these stunts and wasted tax dollars and ask why.
Robert G.
1:45PM JUN 27TH 2014
I normally would not respond to what is happening in the world of politics, however this topic needs to be addressed by level headed thinking. Now taking into consideration the American Government Elected Officials, they each have a fiduciary responsibility to carryout to the best of their ability the business of running this Great Country. With that being said we really can not place blame on one or two individuals regardless of which side of the isle they are on, or what political office they currently hold. Respect is due to all parties involved and because this portion of the equation is missing in Washington D.C. the people of our Nation continue to suffer at the hands of these elected women and men. I would believe there are more important task concerning the welfare of the State of the Union then worrying about whose ball we are using to play the game with and then taking it home if you don't agree with the rules of the game. We have people dying because of the lack of Governmental leadership not just with the Office of the President but because there is no cooperation amongst the Parties themselves. My prayer is that one day these Elected Officials (Public Servants) would all truly exercise their oaths of office they take during the inauguration. Then we will be able to hold our heads up high and say "I pledge Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under GOD, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for All"...
12:05PM JUN 27TH 2014
On Wednesday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Hardball,” George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley made the case to fill-in host Steve Kornacki that President Barack Obama has exceeded his constitutional authority.
“I think there is a case against the president for exceeding his authority,” Turley said. “I happen to agree with the president on many of his priorities and policies, but as I testified in Congress, I think that he has crossed the constitutional line.”
Kornacki asked Turley to provide specifics, to which the left-leaning Turley explained that some of Obama’s specific policy actions amount rewriting laws.
When the president went to Congress and said he would go it alone, it obviously raises a concern. There's no license for going it alone in our system, and what he's done, is very problematic. He has shifted $454 million of the ACA from appropriated purpose to another purpose. He's told agencies not to enforce some laws, like immigration laws. He has effectively rewritten laws through the active interpretation that I find very problematic. While I happen to agree with him, I voted for him, I think this is a problem.
11:24AM JUN 27TH 2014
Republicans hate the President. They will do or say anything to hurt him. If they want to sue the President then fine, as long as Bush/Cheney are taken to trial for crimes against humanity.
9:52AM JUN 27TH 2014
When asked by reporters yesterday for specific instances Obama overreached, Boehner said he would let them know when he decided.

Some strategists say this is a ploy to ward off Congressional Republicans calling for impeachment, which they say will hurt the GOP in November.
Robert H
9:16AM JUN 27TH 2014
As much as I am NO fan of either party, I totally agree with Representative Wasserman Schultz. The right side of the isle has to stop this childish (and almost disgusting) treatment to the elected President of the United States. One would almost think that this is a concerted effort of attack because he is a man of color, and that offends me. I don't think the Healthcare law is a masterpiece. But it's something other advanced countries provide it's citizens, that we don't. It's totally embarrassing, that this great nation, a nation that helped free the world of Fascism and Dictatorship in two world wars, can't take care of it's own citizens health needs. For those who have the great jobs that provide it, that's great! But a lot don't have that opportunity. So we abandon them completely? That's just not what America stands for! The right would rather spend trillions on finding and fracking for more oil and gas than spend millions on making sure we are the healthiest country on the face of the earth. That fuzzy math again!
C Breeze
9:53AM JUN 27TH 2014
It has absolutely nothing to do with "color" (as you put it Robert), and everything to do with a lack of competence. The fact that you reduce everything to "color" Robert, says so much about your own flawed character and your distorted view of your own, little and limited, world. "Better to be thought a fool (Robert) than to open your mouth and prove it" to all of us: Drop the "color" (read: "racist") accusations Robert and you will be halfway to completing your "education"...such as it is...
10:16AM JUN 28TH 2014
If the president is incompetent, then what do you call the GOP? When you court racists because your party Only consists of old white men, then your party must also carry that cross. When you highlight bigots lid Ted Nugent who has disparaged the president and no one in leadership rejects it is irresponsible and beneath the dignity of the office. There Are some who voted for Obama because he is of color and some who voted against their on interest for the same reason. So spare me with the notion that race has nothing to do with the hate for Obama. We are not all as delusional as you BREEZY. And now you want to sue him like they tried the attorney general? Guess that wasn't racial either huh?
9:16AM JUN 27TH 2014
Oh the irony! The proverbial pot calling foul on the kettle for actually boiling water. The Do-Nothing House of Boehner has a responsibility to fund agencies to allow the executive branch to "faithfully execute the laws of the land". But the Speaker is too busy with 54 impotent votes to overturn the Affordable Care Act, tweeting about #jobsJobsJobs instead of doing anything about them, and wringing his hands. PATHETIC, LAZY, Rather-be-golfing EXCUSE OF LEADER.
C Breeze
9:15AM JUN 27TH 2014
Debbie Wasser-Name Schultz has been a disgrace to 20th District area Democrats for more than eight years now and has compounded her "Erkel" annoying self in front of the entire country since Obama's Democrats anointed her "official court jester". Surely the voters in Aventura and Pembroke Pines can improve their chances of Congressional representation merely by putting names in a hat and blindly selecting one (...or is this the method they already use to get "Wasser-name" every two years???... No more volunteered names ?... Try tearing a page out of your local phone book ! ). Debbie is, after all, just like Obama, no prior experience except as a "Legislative Aide" who jumped into an empty spot and floated upward...in a septic manner.
11:48AM JUN 28TH 2014
Yes, yes, you must be right . . . . . besides her being in the "23rd" Congressional District . . . . . she only won her 2012 election 63% to 36% . . . . and it's not like she was elected to the Florida House for eight years and then served in the Florida Senate prior to being elected to the U.S. Congress, right . . . . . . unlike your Allen West hero . . . . . . yes, just more rightwing misdirection politics of the "Big Lie" and personal demonization attacks . . . .

Pathetic . . . . .
Jack Willow
4:45PM JUL 2ND 2014
Frank, It's not like a 63% to 36% victory is an accomplishment in the 23rd. It consists of West Palm which is a vast majority liberal Jewish people. She never had to campaign, she just got her name on the ballot with a "D" beside it.
8:15AM JUN 27TH 2014
Wishy Washy Wasserman Shultz needs to go. She is the failed and will continue with failure.

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