As President Obama’s critics grow increasingly concerned about his use of executive power, they’re also examining their options.
In the House, more than 100 Republican members have signed on to the Stop This Overreaching President (STOP) Resolution. In it, Rep. Tom Rice, R-SC, lays out the ways in which he believes the president has violated his Article 2, Section 3 constitutional duty to “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.”
Rice points to the president’s unilateral modifications to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), welfare-to-work requirements and immigration laws.
If a majority of House members support the STOP resolution, it would authorize a civil lawsuit against Obama. In the past, members have had a tough time launching lawsuits against a sitting president.
Former Democratic congressman Dennis Kucinich of Ohio tried to sue both President George W. Bush and Obama. Both times, a federal judge turned away his lawsuits.
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