House Speaker John Boehner announced Wednesday 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.
Boehner had been weighing such a
lawsuit in recent days, over concerns that Obama exceeded his constitutional authority with executive actions. Republicans
have voiced frustration with Obama's second-term "pen and phone" strategy of pursuing policy changes without
Congress -- particularly environmental rules via the Environmental Protection Agency. Republicans also complained about numerous
unilateral changes to the implementation of ObamaCare.
The lawsuit has not yet been filed.
But asked Wednesday whether he intended to proceed, Boehner said: "I am."
view is the president has not faithfully executed the laws," he said. "What we have seen clearly over the last five
years is an effort to erode the power of the Legislative Branch."
The decision to sue
still would have to be formally approved by a group of House leaders. Presuming that step is cleared, the suit is expected
to be filed in a few weeks.