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President Obama tells Speaker John Boehner
to do his job
by Nathan'ette Burdine: July 7, 2014

During an interview on ABC’s “This Week,” President Obama told host George Stephenopolous that Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) needs to do his job and not focus on filing a lawsuit against him.

“If you’re so worried about me taking so many executive actions, why don’t you and Congress sit down and get something down,” said President Obama.

President Obama said that Boehner’s lawsuit is a “political stunt” meant to take away from the fact that Boehner has not taken action on the bi-partisan supported Unemployment Benefits bill in the Senate, the student loan debt, or the minimum wage increase.

“Look, this is a stunt. He has done nothing about the UI benefits, which the Senate passed. He’s not acted on the student loan debt or minimum wage. So I’ve had to take action and lower the student loan payments and raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour,” said President Obama.

According to the Huffington Post, Michael Steel, Boehner’s spokesman, said that President Obama’s comments add to the “frustration” voters have with elected officials.

Steel said that the Supreme Court’s ruling in the NLRB case that the president cannot act in certain instances without congress is evidence that President Obama is over reaching with his executive privileges.

The Huffington Post quoted Steel as saying, “The American people, their elected representatives, and the Supreme Court have all expressed serious concerns about the President’s failure to follow the constitution. Dismissing them with words like ‘smidgen’ or ‘stunt’ only reinforces their frustration.”

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