Roll Call: Latest News on Capitol Hill, Congress, Politics and Elections
February 10, 2016
Presented by Proctor and Gamble

White House: Boehner Lawsuit Uses Taxpayer Money Against Obama for ‘Doing His Job’ (Updated)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 2:49 p.m. | What does the White House think about Speaker John A. Boehner’s plans to sue President Barack Obama? Not much.

“They are considering a taxpayer-funded lawsuit against the president of the United States for doing his job,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said of the possible Boehner lawsuit.

Earnest, who has just a few days on the job, suggested the American people wouldn’t support the speaker’s effort. Earnest said Obama is using his constitutional authority to do what he can to help the economy and the middle class.

“This lawsuit is not something that’s going to consume the attention of the White House,” Earnest asserted.

Asked if the president would reconsider his “pen and phone” strategy, Earnest replied, “No.”

He added that the administration hadn’t yet heard a legal rationale from Boehner on what specific actions Congress opposes.

Yet, he said, “we feel completely confident” that the president was acting in his authority.

Boehner spokesman Michael Steel tweaked Earnest on Twitter for the “taxpayer funded” line.

Boehner’s office later released a memo to his members outlining the lawsuit, although it did not name a specific action Obama has taken that the speaker considers unlawful. But he said he is asked everywhere he goes when he will take action to rein in Obama’s expansion of executive power.

“We elected a president, Americans note. We didn’t elect a monarch or king,” Boehner wrote.

When Roll Call broke the story about the planned lawsuit against the Obama administration for failing to enforce the law, the White House had no comment.

Obama’s actions this year have infuriated Republicans. Boehner has repeatedly blamed Obama’s executive actions on health care and other issues for making his conference lose faith in the president’s willingness to enforce a new immigration law.


Related stories:

Boehner Confirms He’ll Sue Obama Over Executive Actions

Obama Skips Past Congress With Health Mandate Delay

Obama Executive Order to Ban LGBT Discrimination

Bergdahl Deal Didn’t Break Law, White House Insists

A Minimum Wage Move With Maximum Confrontational Consequences

Sprint to Power: 10 Days Inside the GOP Leadership Race

Roll Call Election Map: Race Ratings for Every Seat

Get breaking news alerts and more from Roll Call in your inbox or on your iPhone.

  • tokm

    Lol as if Team Obama gives a flying crap about wasting taxpayer money…

  • David L. Miller

    If Obama was ‘doing his job’ within the parameters of the Constitution, it wouldn’t be necessary to sue the President.

    I strongly believe if the GOP held the Majority in the Senate as they do in the House, Obama would be Impeached for his lawless actions in ignoring the Separation of Powers and in making a mockery of our Nation’s Constitution.

  • Andrew

    This is just another meaningless stunt by House Republicans. Boehner is scared that he will be defeated by a Tea Party member of Congress like Jeb Hensarling in the next Speaker election so he is trying to show how anti-Obama he is.

  • timmy

    Time to impeach JOHN eh? This guy using his powers on bullcrap!!

  • brunsk42

    I would rather see tax payer monies being used to right america and rid our selfs of over regulation for political gain only, then give it to country’s that don’t see eye to eye with us.

  • lyris

    I suggest you go back to school to take Civics and pay attention. President taught the Constitution when he was teaching so he knows more than you do.

  • lyris

    Lol as if the gop gave a flying crap about wasting taxpayers’ money.

  • lyris

    The only way to right America is to get rid of the gop and baggers.

  • TriangleTeaParty

    Finally, by taxes be spent on a worthy cause. Let’s get it done.

  • cassrhone

    Who is suing the House? What a waste of time and money. That could, by the way, be used to reinstate EUC. These schmoes need to grow up and actually DO SOMETHING for the American people!

  • CyberTechie

    Spend that money! It’s worth it! The last thing we need is a dictator controlling our country!

  • left wing

    no, but keep worhiping

  • CyberTechie

    Knowing and Upholding, have two different meanings. One is a vague ideology, and the other is concrete responsibility. Although Obama may know the Constitution, he is clearly not upholding it! And that’s why he being sued. A justly lawsuit I might add.

  • wanda jefferson

    is euc even on the floor or have they toraly forgotten us

  • David L. Miller

    The content of your response details the depth of knowledge YOU possess:

  • docb

    Surely, boneher is just waiting to file till he and his fellow repubs find the PAY-FOR OFFSETS to make sure this like the Cruz Gov’t SHUTDOWN costing $24 BILLION will not burden the tax payer as they demanded on every other bill!


    About that bridge for sale and the 119 days the US House will work this year under Gop rules!

  • docb

    Red meat for the little gopbaggers!

  • Jack Everett

    “The role of the U.S. in the new world corporate order is going to be to export security. That means endless wars and weapons in space. The Pentagon will send our kids off to foreign lands to suppress opposition to corporate globalization. How will we ever end America’s addiction to war and violence as long as our communities are dependent on military spending for jobs?” –
    Bruce Gagnon

    “The foulest damage to our political life comes not from the ‘secrets’ which they hide from us, but from the little bits of half-truth and disinformation which they do tell us. These are already pre-digested, and then are sicked up as little gobbits of authorised spew. The columns of defence correspondents in the establishment sheets serve as the spittoons.” – E. P. Thompson,British historian

  • cassrhone

    Yes, it was to be voted on Tuesday. A new bill for 5mos EUC with no retro pay. Looks like it did not go anywhere and facing same or similar challenges. :(

  • Lar5

    WOW! The
    GOP/TEA has obviously written and believe every word in their book
    entitled “How To Treat The First Black American President For

  • Rufus Peebody

    In this video we find Joe Biden lying about Medicare:

  • left wing

    wow, even a blind worshiper like you can not BELIEVE that lie

  • Guest

    Lets get-rr done!

  • Jack Everett

    This is just more stalling buy the house of do nothing.

  • Austin Dudley

    the problem is, President Obama, after he is out of office and all the rhetoric has died, and all the dust has settled and all we have are the numbers and the FACTS, Obama will be seen among the great presidents as his resume speaks for itself… So the closer we get to the end of his term, they have to really really try to tarnish that, so they are throwing everything against the wall and hoping it sticks.. Republicans are in Deep Deep ish…

  • CyberTechie

    Yep, he gracefully issued a get out of jail free card for 5 top Taliban leaders that had some roll in attacking us!!! And completely Ignored our military’s advice against doing so! He ignored Congress and the House of Representatives on Obamacare, which has crippled our economy! And quite a few other extraordinarily serious dictatorship actions, that have ruined out country’s core!!! Forget the past presidents, this is about the major destruction he has brought upon us all today!!! And his actions have put us all at greater risk of a major Terrorist attack! Like I said, spend that money! Get him out fast!

  • Necole Cook

    Keep in mind Paul Ryan is another for Ammesty along with Hillary


    Senator John Boehner, is no more than just a political thug. He runs the senate like his own little kingdom, and seems not to answer to anyone. Is this where America is now? There are still three million unemployed workers STILL without an extension of benefits. since late last December. The republican senate intentionally delayed and postponed voting on the bill to render it too late for passing. This has caused these millions of families to fall into financial ruin and deep poverty. While the republicans fought for the Koch Brother’s Oil Pipeline to be passed, they outright refused to help these struggling unemployed families. Now both political parties have walked away from the problem, leaving these families without assistance . and without hope. Meanwhile the government passed an aid bill for the Ukraine worth Billions of tax payer dollars. How is this possible to go on? These families need help now. Six months have passed with no action.

  • Yonatan YONATAN

    It’s been six months now that the three million unemployed families have been without an unemployment extension. Both political parties have walked away from the issue, leaving behind millions of families in financial ruin, and deep debt. While our government sends billions of dollars to the Ukraine, and even more for the defense of Europe, these millions of families are left to struggle and suffer on their own. Clearly our politicians care more for those around the world, than for the American families struggling here in our own country.

  • msliberty

    You know none of that for fact. Let’s sue House members next. Let’s just keep throwing tax payer money down the toilet. This is the Republican way! Then you can cry about wasting money some more. Why don’t you STOP HATING THIS BLACK MAN and urge the Congress to do it’s job so the president does not have to do it for them!

  • msliberty

    You are just eating up those TBGOP talking points. I don’t want my money spent that way, but you don’t care what the rest of the people want, do you? Sound just like an imperial DICTATOR. Hint: try to think before you speak and use some logic!

  • msliberty

    I am really sick and tired of unjust attacks on this president. I suggest all Democrats start hitting back with TRUTH and LOGIC. That gets to them every time!

  • msliberty

    Funny, Obamacare is becoming more popular daily and is cutting costs especially where fully implemented. What do you know about the ACA in KY, hm-m-m? There were circumstances that weren’t public in the prisoner exchange. Not unusual. I urge Boehner to investigate his own House for dereiection of duty.

  • AntiMarxist

    POTUS uses taxpayer money for illegals

  • Crystal MamaC Rutledge

    Who is calling him a king?? Stop it boehner

Sign In

Forgot password?



Receive daily coverage of the people, politics and personality of Capitol Hill.

Subscription | Free Trial

Logging you in. One moment, please...