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Do you think the White House broke the law with the prisoner exchange?
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House Speaker John Boehner announced he plans to file suit against President Obama over his alleged abuse of executive power. “This is not about impeachment — it’s about him faithfully executing the laws of this country,” Boehner said. In a letter to lawmakers, Mr. Boehner expressed concern with what he — and many in the Republican conference — considered the president’s unconstitutional overreach.
The speaker did not specify which executive actions he planned to challenge. The president has used his executive authority to carry out key elements of his second-term agenda, like halting the deportation of young illegal immigrants brought to the country by their parents as children, raising the minimum wage for employees of federal contractors, and allowing the Environmental Protection Agency to curb carbon emissions from coal plants. Republicans also complained about numerous unilateral changes to the implementation of ObamaCare.
Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the Democratic leader, called Mr. Boehner’s move “subterfuge,” and Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, said that “it seems that Republicans have shifted their opposition into a higher gear. Frankly, it’s a gear that I didn’t know previously existed,” Mr. Earnest said. “The fact that they are considering a taxpayer-funded lawsuit against the president of the United States for doing his job, I think, is the kind of step that most Americans wouldn’t support.”
In the 5 ½ years since President Obama took Office he has signed 182 Executive orders, 147 executive orders were signed in President Obama’s first term and 35 so far his second term. George W. Bush signed a total of 291, 173 his first term in office and 118 his second term.
Is Obama justified in signing the executive orders or has he truly overreached his authority? Has congress’s lack of cooperation led to the executive orders or should the voters support a lawsuit against our president?