Assuaging GOP Anger With a Lawsuit
Posted at 12:45 p.m. on July 14
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House Speaker John A. Bohener is always delicately balancing the demands of conservative Republicans, and for them, blocking President Barack Obama’s health care initiatives by any means necessary is usually high on the list. Impeaching the president has become a more popular option than ever for some of those lawmakers, who say Obama abused the use of executive orders and illegally adjusted implementation deadlines and requirements for the 2010 health care law.
But other Republicans eye the upcoming election and do not want to jeopardize the possible increase in GOP House and Senate seats.
CQ Roll Call’s Steven Dennis reports that Boehner has rejected an impeachment effort and endorses the alternative approach of having the House consider a resolution this week authorizing a lawsuit against Obama for exceeding his authority on administrative health law adjustments — particularly the delay of the law’s employer coverage mandate.
Roll Call’s David Hawkins points out that former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., faced a similar impeachment drive against President George W. Bush for Iraq war misinformation prior to the 2004 election, but demurred to avoid angering swing voters and galvanizing Republicans close to an election.