Wis. Sen. Johnson: Americans 'Don't Want to be Ruled by a King'

Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 06:37 PM

By Aaron Stern

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Sen. Ron Johnson hopes to sue the Obama administration, but first he has to fight to save his lawsuit.

The Wisconsin Republican filed suit against the Office of Personnel Management in January to combat that department's ruling allowing the government to pay for part of the health insurance costs of congressional members and their staffs. The Justice Department has challenged the suit, filing a motion saying Johnson lacks legal standing, Roll Call reports.

"I'm hoping the court does not agree with the administration," Johnson told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV. "Let's actually let the court decide and let's make sure that we actually do end up having to comply with the law."

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Johnson said Obama has consistently rewritten laws through executive orders. He said a bill under consideration by the House would allow any of the two chambers to take the president to court if they a majority vote that the president isn't faithfully executing his duties. That bill is all but certain to fail, Johnson said, since it would be unlikely to pass both houses and even then would have to be signed by the president. Still, Johnson said it was important to fight.

"President Obama doesn't have the legal authority to change the law. If he doesn't like it, he ought to come to Congress and change the law the right way, the Constitutional way," Johnson said.

"So primarily the suit is about upholding the rule of law."

"In the end it's a political process. We certainly need to highlight this, which is another purpose behind my suit," Johnson said. "Let's face it, Americans, we don't want to be ruled by a king or a House of Lords. We really do believe in equal treatment under the law. That's the primary principle this law suit is meant to affirm."

Johnson also weighed in on Obama's handling of the situation in Ukraine.

"The way I think American's need to analyze the situation is take a look at what gives Vladimir Putin the strength, the confidence that he can do this," Johnson said. "First and foremost, is oil and gas resources and Ukraine's and Western Europe's dependence on those oil reserves. So, we need to weaken that part of his power equation. The other thing that gives him strength is just basically America's and the West's weakness that we've shown. We haven't stood up to him. We haven't made him pay a price."

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