House leaders announced Thursday that their planned lawsuit against President
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July 11, 8:46 a.m.: An earlier version of this post misattributed to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi a quote that was delivered by her spokesman, Drew Hammill. Hammill said, "This lawsuit is just another distraction from House Republicans desperate to distract the American people from their own spectacular obstruction and dysfunction."
A draft resolution posted Thursday afternoon singles out the Obama administration's decision to delay enforcement of a requirement that employers provide health benefits for their employees or face a fine. Enforcement of the so-called employer mandate was put off twice, once from 2014 to 2015, and then again to phase it in by 2016.
"In 2013, the president changed the healthcare law without a vote of
The resolution will be considered July 16 by the House Rules Committee. A vote by the full House could come the following week.
Democrats have decried Boehner's plans to sue Obama as an election-year stunt to motivate conservatives in the midterm election. The same Republicans who have threatened to repeal Obamacare are now suing because they claim it was not properly enforced, Democrats complain.
"This lawsuit is just another distraction from House Republicans desperate to distract the American people from their own spectacular obstruction and dysfunction," Drew Hammill, spokesman for House Minority Leader
Notably, House Republicans chose not to target Obama for his actions on immigration, including the deferred action program for children who came to the U.S. illegally, known as DACA. Republicans have accused the president of ignoring immigration law.
Some conservative media figures have criticized the suit as insufficient. Former vice presidential nominee
Boehner has defended the suit as necessary to restore balance between the executive and legislative branches of government, and ruled out impeachment.
"I believe that the path that we're going is the right one to defend our institution against the encroachment from the executive branch and to preserve the Constitution of our country as it was written and as it was intended," Boehner told reporters earlier Thursday.