2014-07-16T230502Z_1_LYNXMPEA6F17L_RTROPTP_2_USA-OBAMA

U.S. lawmakers, lawyers argue over House Republican plan to sue Obama

U.S. President Barack Obama pauses while he delivers remarks about Ukraine while in the press briefing room at the White House in WashingtonBy Annika McGinnis WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican effort to sue President Barack Obama over his use of executive powers got under way in Congress on Wednesday at a hearing where lawmakers and constitutional law experts bickered over the move in a taste of the politicking to come. The House of Representatives’ Rules Committee is expected to vote next week on a resolution authorizing a lawsuit centering on Obama’s delays and other changes to his signature health insurance reform law, with a floor vote before the end of July. House Speaker John Boehner is pursuing the suit to protect Congress’ rights from what he calls Obama’s “king-like” overreach of executive authority in making unilateral moves to advance his agenda. Republicans argue that a prime example of this was Obama’s decision last year to delay a mandate for larger firms to provide employees health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, a law they have tried unsuccessfully to repeal for years.

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