House Republicans vote to sue Obama over healthcare law
Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 01:46
The Republican-led House of Representatives votes to sue President Obama, accusing him of overstepping his executive authority in making changes to the Affordable Care Act. Mana Rabiee reports.
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The Republican-led House voted on Wednesday to sue President Obama.
The say he's overstepped his authority in making unilateral changes to the Affordable Care Act
The vote on Wednesday evening was split along party lines.
Nearly every Republican voted to take action against the president.
SOUNDBITE: REP. ANDY HARRIS (R-MD)
"No president of either party should ever abuse their power. That's why this lawsuit is so necessary."
Republicans say Obama consistently oversteps his authority, using executive privilege to shape policies from immigration to same-sex marriage.
But it's on the so-called Obama-care where they think they have the best chance of succeeding.
SOUNDBITE: REP. VIRGINIA FOX (R-NC)
"This is not about politics. If it were a republican president doing the same thing I would feel just as strongly. This is about the Constitution"
Wednesday's vote authorizes House lawyers to draft legal documents over the five-week summer recess that starts Friday.
Democrats are slamming the lawsuit, calling it politically motivated and a waste of taxpayer money.
SOUNDBITE: REP. TERRI SEWELL (D-AL)
"Enough is enough! With only two days left before our five week recess we need to be doing the business of the American people, not the business of our political parties."
Before the vote, Obama made fun of his adversaries.
In a campaign style speech on Wednesday, he dismissed the lawsuit as just so much political theater.
SOUNDBITE: U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SAYING:
"Think about this, they have announced that they're going to sue me for taking executive actions to help people. SO they're mad because I'm doing my job."
But the vote cements the lawsuit's status now as a political lightning rod for months to come...all the way to elections in November that decide who takes control of Congress.
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