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House Panel Backs Lawsuit Against Obama On Health Law

The Rules Committee approved a resolution challenging whether the president has constitutional authority to delay provisions of the law. The full House will likely consider it before its August recess begins.

Politico: House Panel Backs Obama Lawsuit
The lawsuit has deepened the tension and mistrust between House Republicans and the White House. Republicans say they’re simply holding the president accountable for circumventing Congress on a major policy change related to the implementation of Obamacare. Obama and congressional Democrats have dismissed the suit as little more than election year theater (French, 7/24).

Modern Healthcare: House Plan to Sue Obama Over Employer-Mandate Delay Moves Forward
A resolution authorizing the U.S. House of Representatives to sue President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional authority by delaying the employer mandate in the federal healthcare law, cleared the House Rules Committee Thursday. The legislation passed on a party-line 7-4 vote. The full House is expected to take up the measure next week prior to its August recess (Demko, 7/24).

Meanwhile, what does the public think?

CNN: Majority Say No To Impeachment And Lawsuit
There’s not a lot of public appetite for a Republican push to sue President Barack Obama, or for calls by some conservatives to impeach him, according to a new national survey. A CNN/ORC International poll released Friday morning also indicates that a small majority of Americans do not believe that Obama has gone too far in expanding the powers of the presidency (Steinhauser, 7/25).

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