House votes to sue Obama, although Broun splits with GOP

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Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives took the historic step Wednesday of voting 225 to 201 to authorize Speaker John Boehner to sue President Barack Obama – the first time either congressional chamber has ever voted to sue a sitting president.

The resolution authorizes Boehner to sue the Obama administration on the grounds that the president exceeded his executive authority by delaying deadlines for employers under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

There were five Republicans who voted with House Democrats against the resolution, including Rep. Paul Broun of Athens – because Broun felt the measure did not go far enough.

Georgia’s other Republican House members voted to authorize the lawsuit: Tom Price, Doug Collins, Phil Gingrey, Jack Kingston, Tom Graves, Rob Woodall, Lynn Westmoreland, and Austin Scott.

“President Obama on more than one occasion has abandoned his responsibility to faithfully execute the laws of the land – including unilaterally delaying or rewriting portions of Obamacare,” Price said. “Such actions are corrosive to our democracy and disrespectful to the American people. We must do all that is necessary to restore accountability and the rule of law.”

“President Obama has exceeded every limit of his power,” Collins said. “This lawsuit is far from frivolous or unnecessary — it has precedent and it is one of the clearest actions of accountability at our disposal now.”

Georgia’s House Democrats joined Broun in voting against the resolution: John Barrow, Sanford Bishop, Hank Johnson, John Lewis and David Scott.

“We don’t need to get into the reasons I voted against it, but if you really want to know — I think it’s a complete waste of time and taxpayer money,” Barrow said. “Even Republicans are calling it political theater.”

“We’ve got so many more productive things Congress could be doing before they shut down for the month of August, but instead, we’re wasting our time on frivolous votes like this,” Barrow added. “I know folks in Georgia want more from us.”

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