John Boehner thinks President Obama has abused his executive authority so much that he plans to sue the White House, reports Fox News. Asked today whether he intended to pursue such a lawsuit, as has been rumored, the House speaker responded, "I am." He added, "This is not about impeachment—it's about him faithfully executing the laws of this country." Assuming other House leaders go along with the move, a suit to curb the president's powers could be filed in a few weeks on behalf of the entire House. The Hill ticks off a number of moves the president has made of late to bypass Congress, including his order to extend family leave to gay couples and to raise the minimum wage for federal contractors.
A previous move to defer deportations of young immigrants is another that Republicans mention frequently. "The president has a clear record of ignoring the American people's elected representatives and exceeding his Constitutional authority, which has dangerous implications for both our system of government and our economy," says a Boehner spokesman. No word yet from the White House, though Obama has threatened to get even more aggressive with his "pen and a phone" to get around what he views as an incalcitrant Congress. Oddly, Boehner was with Obama yesterday for an event at the White House, but CNN reports that there was no obvious tension between them.