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February 9, 2016

House Lawsuit Against Obama Price Tag: Up to $350K

UNITED STATES - JUNE 19: Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, holds his weekly on camera news conference in the Capitol on Thursday, June 19, 2014. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Boehner and House GOP have hired a D.C. firm to handle Obama lawsuit. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

D.C. law firm BakerHostetler will handle the House Republicans’ lawsuit against President Barack Obama.

House Administration Chairwoman Candice S. Miller, R-Mich., said the firm has been contracted to represent the House in the district court civil suit.

According to the contract, the lawsuit will cost the House up to $350,000, billed at a rate of $500/hour.
“The president must be held accountable, and the House will continue to act in an open and transparent manner to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution,” Miller said in a Monday statement.

The lawsuit, authorized on July 30 by the House, calls for the courts to rein in a president who, Republicans contend, has overstepped his authority by unilaterally changing federal law in his implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

Many legal experts say the lawsuit faces long odds in the courts, but one of the highest-profile constitutional scholars in the country, former Reagan and George Bush lawyer David Rivkin, has said the case has merit — and he’s a partner at the firm the Republicans hired.

Democrats immediately weighed in on the announcement, sharply criticizing the $500 per hour contract as wasteful spending.

“This outrageous waste of taxpayer dollars is yet another reminder of House Republicans’ misguided priorities,” said Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel, D-N.Y., in a statement. “Only in John Boehner’s world does it make sense to pay lawyers $500 per hour to work on a partisan lawsuit while refusing to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 for hardworking Americans trying to feed their families.”


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  • erick

    John Boehner is willing to spend money on this witch hunt, but he is not willing to spend money helping 3 million unemployed Americans.

  • jack

    The party of “NO” is always finding more ways to waste money and show nothing for it. $500. a day for nothing is standard wing nut philosophy.

  • adamrussell

    Where is the lawsuit?
    It took almost a full month to hire a lawyer.

    If the gop really thought the lawsuit was valid they would file it asap.
    But they arent really interested in bringing Obama to court. They know
    the case is a loser. They just want to play it out as long as they can.
    Watch and see.

    If the case got to an actual judge before the
    elections and he threw it out then that would be VERY bad for
    republicans. They cant risk that.

  • Another Clinton Is Nuts

    About the same cost the executive granted for researching shrimp on underwater treadmills. Shouldn’t worry voters too much.

    After all, nobody cares about the wasted money on shrimp on treadmills. Oh wait, this money is going towards a political cause.

    Now we should all care and start acting fiscally responsible.

    • jack

      Responsible and bid government wing nuts……….BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  • Justsomeguy

    As a taxpayer I feel the money is well spent Obama has overstepped and in doing so enslaved a nation holding hostage its healthcare and therefore our ability to govern our ownlives

    • jack

      More more big government slop over from the Bush party of”NO” agenda.

      Wing nuts will not be able to keep their welfare queen status much longer.

      Maybe alcoholic Bohener will take in some of the illegals he’s supporting.

      • erick

        Wall street welfare queens?

  • stevenharnack

    A lawyer in the firm that the GOP hired says that he thinks that the suit has merit. Why did they bother to ask him and did they expect a different answer? I notice that he is the only one specifically named as supporting the suit. Is he the only one that they could find with that point of view so they had to include him even though he’s getting $500 per hour for his opinion? Why isn’t the RNC footing the bill?

  • Todd Anderson

    Obama’s not a good guy. That much, we know.

  • Nathan Jessup

    In a related photo, we find Obama posing with Mohamed Abdelaziz, the leader of the Polisario Front, a Moroccan separatist group in Algeria that serves as a front group for Al Qaeda:

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