House Speaker John Boehner made waves on both sides of the aisle this month when he announced his intention to file a lawsuit against Barack Obama over alleged misuse of executive power.
Though Boehner indicated that he does not support impeachment as an ultimate resolution, a White House source this week brought up the suit in a statement suggesting that such an effort by GOP leaders is a growing possibility.
In a 7-4 vote this week, Politico reports that members of the House Rules Committee paved the way for the lawsuit to be presented to Congress, likely in a legislative vote to take place next week.
Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan recently spoke out in favor of the lawsuit, indicating that he will support the initiative when the time comes to cast his vote.
During an MSNBC interview Friday, Paul addressed concerns that pursuing the suit would take focus off of more pressing issues legislators currently face.
“We can walk and chew gum at the same time,” Ryan said. “We can juggle a lot of bills. We are working on border security, foreign policy, appropriations and many things at one time.”
He concluded that exploring action against Obama can also be added to the mix, noting that “it’s not as if this displaces action on other items.”
Ryan asserted that it is incumbent upon Republicans in the House to keep the executive branch in check pursuant to the separation of powers included in the U.S. Constitution.
“We’re very concerned about the lawlessness of the administration exceeding the executive branch’s authority,” he said.
Ryan’s vocal support of this measure comes after he made comments earlier this year criticizing Obama for his overreach in pushing through his healthcare law.
“He unilaterally waived and delayed the employer mandate,” Ryan said in January. “He unilaterally waived other mandates, which the law doesn’t allow him to do.”
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