Obama: House Speaker’s lawsuit over executive orders is ‘a stunt’
Barack Obama has dismissed the Republican House Speaker’s planned lawsuit over alleged abuse of executive orders as a “stunt”.
Speaker John Boehner announced earlier this week that he plans to file a lawsuit against the President for ‘abusing his authority’ by passing executive orders and circumventing Congress.
Last week, Obama confirmed plans to sign an executive order banning anti-gay workplace discrimination, after the Employment Non-Discrimination Act was stalled by Boehner in the House of Representatives.
Boehner said: “President Obama has circumvented the Congress through executive action, creating his own laws and excusing himself from executing statutes he is sworn to enforce – at times even boasting about his willingness to do it, as if daring the America people to stop him.”
“We elected a president, Americans note; we didn’t elect a monarch or a king.”
Speaking today on Good Morning America, Obama said: “You notice that he didn’t specifically say what exactly he was objecting to.
“I’m not going to apologize for trying to do something while they’re doing nothing. The suit is a stunt.
“What I’ve told Speaker Boehner directly is, ‘If you’re really concerned about me taking too many executive actions, why don’t you try getting something done through Congress?’
“You’re going to squawk if I try to fix some parts of it administratively that are within my authority while you’re not doing anything?”