Democrats dismissed the move as an election-year stunt intended to motivate
Speaking to reporters, Boehner said he was acting "on behalf of the institution" to prevent a further erosion of power in the legislative branch. He said his action was not a precursor to impeachment.
"The Constitution makes it clear that the president's job is to faithfully execute the laws. And in my view the president has not faithfully executed the laws," Boehner said. "Fighting for this is in the best interests of the
House Minority Leader
Initiating a lawsuit of the type Boehner intends to file requires a vote of the House's Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group, of which
In a memo sent to House colleagues Wednesday afternoon, Boehner said the full House would vote on authorizing the suit.
Boehner has long maintained that Obama's unilateral executive actions, including deferring deportation of young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children, have made it harder to build support among Republicans for more significant legislative efforts.