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Reactions around the web to John Boehner's lawsuit against President Obama
by Nathan'ette Burdine: July 7, 2014

The online reactions from conservatives and liberals to Speaker of the House John Boehner’s (R-OH) announcement that he will be filing a federal lawsuit against President Obama were mainly negative.

In a memo to House colleagues, Boehner said that he is filing the lawsuit because he believes President Obama has “abused” his executive powers by issuing executive orders to change laws associated with Obamacare, the EPA, foreign policy, and education.

Conservative talk show host Laura Ingrahm tweeted that it would have been better for Boehner to use the House’s power to deny federal funding in order to put in check President Obama’s use of his executive power.

John Harmon, who describes himself on twitter as a tea party patriot, tweeted that the option of “#IMPEACHMENT” would have been better than the lawsuit.

Andrew C. McCarthy, a columnist for the online conservative magazine National Review Online, wrote in an article that Boehner’s decision was political and therefore “Feckless.”

Kendrick LeWallen, who describes himself as a Progressive, tweeted that Boehner had “sunk to an all time low” by “suing President Obama for being president!”

The House Majority Pact, a Democratic PAC, tweeted that the Speaker’s lawsuit against President Obama means “Congress will be spending our money for their political gain.”

Conservative talk show host Larry Elder and Phillip Klein of the Washington Examiner took a different view. Elder said that Boehner should include others, like former CNN commentator Roland Martin, as “co-defendants” in the lawsuit.

“Cheerleaders like ex CNN’s @rolandsmartin who egged Obama to ‘go gangsta’ to push agenda should be named co-defendants in #Boehner lawsuit,” Elder tweeted.

Klein wrote in his article that the Supreme Court’s ruling on NLRB vs. Noel Canning shows that Congress has the legal right to check the powers of the Executive Branch.

During a press briefing, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest was asked about the Supreme Court ruling.

Earnest responded that President Obama doesn’t agree with the decision, but that he (President Obama) will respect the court’s ruling.

Earnest also pointed out that the Supreme Court didn’t completely limit President Obama’s use of his executive powers, and that the court acknowledged important parts of the president’s powers that date back to George Washington.

Earnest further noted that it was for this reason that President Obama will not be limiting the executive actions that he takes on behalf of the American people.

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