House Plans Vote on Suing Obama Over Health Care Law
Posted at 2:30 p.m. on July 25, 2014
Obama, speaking at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College on Wednesday. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)
Republicans are preparing to vote on a resolution that would pave the way for the House to sue President Barack Obama over his executive actions to delay parts of the Affordable Care Act.
The House Rules Committee on Thursday began to lay the procedural groundwork for a vote by the full House next week on a resolution offered by Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, that authorizes a lawsuit on behalf of the House against the administration’s delay in the enforcement of the employer insurance mandate contained in the 2010 health care overhaul law.
CQ Roll Call’s Emma Dumain reported on the raucous Rules Committee session, which featured two hours of political wrangling over the lawsuit plan and other topics. Both parties accused the other of playing politics with the vote.
At one point, Rep. Jim McGovern of Massachusetts accused his GOP counterparts of acting out of “hatred” for the president and called the Republicans “cuckoo clocks,” Dumain reports. “I’ll come up with a better word if I can think of one,” McGovern replied after Sessions, chairman of the Rules Committee, asked him to refrain from such name-calling.