Via the WSJ:
In a 225-201 vote, the House told Mr. Boehner (R., Ohio) to move ahead with the suit. House GOP leaders have said they would focus the suit on the White House’s decision last year to give employers a one-year reprieve on enforcing a requirement under the Affordable Care Act that they offer health coverage or pay a penalty. The requirement was delayed until 2015, and the White House then revised the health law further by saying employers with between 50 and 99 full-time workers wouldn’t have to comply or pay a fee until 2016.
Five Republicans joined Democrats in voting against pursuing the lawsuit. No Democrats voted to move forward with the suit.
Fox News reported that the five Repubs who voted with Dems may have been protesting that the lawsuit doesn’t go far enough.
Mr. Boehner, speaking just before the vote, said Congress needed to assert its authority under the Constitution to combat executive overreach. “This isn’t about Republicans and Democrats. It’s about defending the Constitution we swore an oath to uphold,” he said.
Mr. Obama, speaking to a friendly crowd in Kansas City ahead of the vote, said that suing him wasn’t a productive thing to do.
“Everybody recognizes this is a political stunt,” he said of the lawsuit. “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.”
Which was a pretty remarkable thing for Mr. Obama to say – given the fact that not everybody thinks the lawsuit is a political stunt. No one would accuse Professor Jonathan Turley of being a political hack, for instance – he voted for Obama in 2008. But last month on MSNBC, he confounded the liberal panel he was on, saying he thinks the lawsuit has a chance.
…after being asked by MSNBC host Steve Kornacki whether Boehner had “any kind of a case” with the lawsuit, Turley remained consistent.
“I think there is a case against the president for exceeding his authority,” he declared. “I happen to agree with the president on many of his priorities and policies, but as I testified in Congress I think he has crossed the constitutional line.”
“So where has he crossed it?” Kornacki pressed. “Like, what specific issue has he crossed it on?”
“Well, when the president went to Congress and said that he was going to go it alone, it obviously raises a concern,” Turley noted. “Because there’s no license for going it alone in our system.”
The law professor noted the unprecedented changes made to the Affordable Care Act — including the shift of nearly half a billion dollars to a purpose unspecified by Congress — as well as his deliberate disregard of existing law on immigration and the effective rewriting of other laws.
“While I happen to agree with him — I voted for him — I think this is a problem,” Turley asserted.
Intellectually honest libs understand that this has been a problem for some time.
Greta Van Susteren covered the House vote shortly after it occurred.
She split a gasket when the House Rules Chairman Pete Sessions gave her the price tag on the expected legal fees, which he estimated would be around $2 million dollars.
“I can find someone to do it for you for $30,000!” she exclaimed in protest.
Incidentally – the word of the day is “injunction” – which could become relevant in the not too distant future if Obama decides to act unilaterally on immigration.
Charles Krauthammer offered his take on the lawsuit on Special Report: