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House GOP lawsuit wages surprising fight over federal purse strings
House GOP lawsuit wages surprising fight over federal purse strings

When the House GOP authorized a lawsuit accusing President Obama of overstepping his authority, the rationale it offered was a head-scratcher: the administration's move to delay the employer mandate, a requirement that House Republicans unanimously opposed. The lawsuit filed Friday devotes only half of its attention to that issue, however. The other half takes up a topic much more important to Republicans in Congress, and indeed to any lawmaker in a divided government: the power of the purse. The lawsuit accuses the administration of funding a provision in the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that Congress had not appropriated money for. The provision, Section 1402,...

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