House Speaker John Boehner told Republicans in a closed meeting he’s considering having the House sue President Barack Obama’s administration over what Republicans say is a pattern of ignoring parts of laws Obama doesn’t like.
Republicans have objected to administration waivers on laws including health care and education. Boehner told House Republicans yesterday he was considering legal action to require enforcement, according to an aide familiar with the discussion.
The administration in late 2013 exempted from penalties people whose health-care plans were canceled because they didn’t meet Obamacare rules to carry medical insurance. The administration has also eased rules on deportations, didn’t aggressively enforce some laws against marijuana possession and gave states waivers from education achievement penalties if they adopted changes that met with the Education Department’s approval.
The U.S. House of Representatives can sue for enforcement of laws, though individual members can’t. Republicans have majority control of the House.
Boehner has repeatedly said the White House is the reason Republicans have refused to take up immigration legislation, saying they can’t trust Obama to enforce whatever law might be enacted.
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