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house Bill H. Res. 676

Suing the President

Argument in favor

This would send a strong and necessary message to President Obama and future presidents that they cannot overstep their executive power.

ThomasParker's Opinion
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05/19/2015
Is the president not a citizen? Is now he a king, a dictator? America, the land of the free, is a nation for the people and by the people; we are not to be ruled by the dictates of pretentious politicians who think themselves wiser than the rest of us.
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Jstone's Opinion
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04/17/2016
Suing wouldn't be as necessary as a trial for espionage (funding Syrian rebels and ISIS) and manslaughter (Benghazi). Both of which a court of law would have no problem finding him guilty.
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RetVet's Opinion
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08/09/2015
Presidents should not have immunity from rights nor requirements as set forth in the Constitution. We are not a lawless dictatorship, we are an accountable democracy. Our President is accountable for his actions.
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Argument opposed

Why are lawmakers wasting taxpayer dollars and valuable time on suing Obama? Literally every president uses executive power.

Kmueller14's Opinion
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12/16/2015
Waste of time, waste of money, waste of thought. Just a waste. His term is almost over, people that want to sue him are just salty he was ever president.. Get over it!!
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smockle's Opinion
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08/12/2015
This is a waste of taxpayer money, and blatantly political.
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Elaine's Opinion
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02/24/2016
Maybe Congress should worry about doing their own jobs instead of going after Obama for taking action that they refuse to do. This is obviously party politics where the GOP insists on punishing a democrat for show instead of working toward change like their constituents need.
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What is House Bill H. Res. 676?

This resolution would give the House of Representatives the authority to sue the President on behalf of the House. Why? For not serving his duties as they were outlined by federal law when implementing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

Essentially, the bill's sponsors are saying that the President exceeded his powers when he delayed the insurance deadline when implementing the Affordable Care Act. 

If passed, H-Res 676 would require the Speaker to notify the House when deciding to take legal action. In such a case, the House would be represented by the General Counsel of the House, but also have the leeway to employ outside counsel and experts.

Impact

The President, the House, and how taxpayer money spent.

Cost of House Bill H. Res. 676

The CBO does not have a cost estimate at this time.

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Of Note:

How does the President feel about all this? As to be expected, he think it's a ridiculous sideshow orchestrated by the GOP. Addressing this bill in a speech, President Obama noted :

“Everybody recognizes this is a political stunt. But it’s worse than that because every vote they’re taking like that means a vote they’re not taking to actually help you."

For those of you who think this is a big joke, ask  Sponsoring Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX). For him, this is no laughing matter:

"This lawsuit is not about partisan politics. Any person who believes in our system of government should be worried about the president’s executive overreach. This president, as well as future presidents, must not be allowed to ignore the Constitution and circumvent Congress. Through this lawsuit, the House will take a crucial step in reining in the president and defending our Constitution so that it endures for generations to come." 

Media:

New York Times

Sponsoring Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX) in support

BBC

(Photo Credit: Wikipedia PPACA Entry)

Official Title

Providing for authority to initiate litigation for actions by the President or other executive branch officials inconsistent with their duties under the Constitution of the United States.

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  • The house Passed July 30th, 2014
    Roll Call Vote 225 Yea / 201 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Administration
      Committee on Rules
    IntroducedJuly 22nd, 2014

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    This is a waste of taxpayer money, and blatantly political.
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    Waste of time, waste of money, waste of thought. Just a waste. His term is almost over, people that want to sue him are just salty he was ever president.. Get over it!!
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    Is the president not a citizen? Is now he a king, a dictator? America, the land of the free, is a nation for the people and by the people; we are not to be ruled by the dictates of pretentious politicians who think themselves wiser than the rest of us.
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    You people are stupid.
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    Maybe Congress should worry about doing their own jobs instead of going after Obama for taking action that they refuse to do. This is obviously party politics where the GOP insists on punishing a democrat for show instead of working toward change like their constituents need.
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    The Congress doesn't have to sue the President. Just use your existing power! Withhold funding for his pet projects and he will eventually acquiesce. Take a stand for once instead of crying to the Courts.
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    Suing wouldn't be as necessary as a trial for espionage (funding Syrian rebels and ISIS) and manslaughter (Benghazi). Both of which a court of law would have no problem finding him guilty.
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    Are you a fucking idiot or just stubborn?
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    The president has every right to use his executive power as every president does. Suing them for doing so is pointless, we should be more concerned on how we can allocate government funds elsewhere to programs that actually need it rather than wasting it on a frivolous law suit. We need to move forward and be more progressive, not dwell on the past and criticize our elected leader for a decision he felt was best.
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    President Obama's use of executive action is both historically precedented and necessitated by stalemate in Congress.
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    There's a waste of time and resources. Fire the person that thought of it.
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    Waste of taxpayers money. Can we go back and focus on more important things like education and infrastructure?
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    The president works hard to provide for their country.
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    This is a waste of time and money, there are higher authorities regulating the president than individual prosecutors.
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    This is just stupid...
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    I am so frustrated with the constant law suits every time someone doesn't get their way. If you don't like the president elect someone else. Enough with these temper tantrums.
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    Taxpayers' money should be spent on something useful other than a wasteful lawsuit based on a group's opinion.
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    Come on: let's stop posturing as if Obama has done anything any more atrocious than any other nationally influential politician. The senate is on a witch hunt because there's a black man in office and will do anything-including an absurd waste of time and resources- to character assassinate him.
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    Presidents should not have immunity from rights nor requirements as set forth in the Constitution. We are not a lawless dictatorship, we are an accountable democracy. Our President is accountable for his actions.
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    This is an absolute waste of time and if congress would actual accomplish something, then the President wouldn't enforce agenda through the use of executive orders.
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