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US House of Representatives votes to sue President Obama

Published on Jul 31, 2014 10:19 AM
 
US President Barack Obama returns from a 3-day visit in California, to the White House in Washington on May 9, 2014. The Republican-led House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to sue President Barack Obama for allegedly overstepping his powers, a move swiftly denounced by his Democratic allies as a cynical election-year stunt. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The Republican-led House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to sue President Barack Obama for allegedly overstepping his powers, a move swiftly denounced by his Democratic allies as a cynical election-year stunt.

By a party-line vote of 225 to 201, the House voted to resort to the unprecedented move of taking the president to court for not having stringently followed the letter of the law while implementing his signature "Obamacare" health care reform bill.

The measure, which would empower House Speaker John Boehner to start the legal proceedings, is meant to rein in a president besotted by power, the top House Republican said from the floor of the chamber.

"This isn't about Republicans or Democrats. It's about defending the Constitution that we swore an oath to uphold, and acting decisively when it may be compromised," Boehner said.

 
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