What is House Bill H. Res. 676?
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.
Cost of House Bill H. Res. 676
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 :
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:
“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."
"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
(Photo Credit: Wikipedia PPACA Entry)
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.
simple resolution Progress
- The house Passed July 30th, 2014Roll Call Vote 225 Yea / 201 Nay
Committee on AdministrationCommittee on RulesIntroducedJuly 22nd, 2014
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