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Boehner considering lawsuit against President Obama

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House Speaker John Boehner considers filing a lawsuit against President Obama over executive orders. (Source: CNN) House Speaker John Boehner considers filing a lawsuit against President Obama over executive orders. (Source: CNN)

WASHINGTON (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner plans to sue President Obama over executive actions.

Republicans argue the President is breaching his constitutional power by pushing initiatives without approval from Congress.

Everyone made nice for a golf event at the White House, the President joked that House Speaker Boehner is one of his favorite golfing buddies.

"You've got criticized a couple of times for playing the game of golf. I'll note that the list of people who have criticized you did not include Speaker Boehner," said Tim Finchem, Commissioner of the PGA Tour.

"It's the only thing that he doesn't criticize me about," Obama said.

The news was spreading that Boehner is consulting legal scholars about the Republican-controlled House possibly suing President Obama for acting alone.

"America cannot stand still and neither will I," Obama said. "I've initiated over 20 executive actions to try to tighten up some of the rules in the laws."

Those famous executive actions, dozens and dozens of them, tweaked regulations and made moves on some of the most controversial topics.

Things Obama knows Congress won't or can't touch: gun control, climate change, minimum wage, gay marriage, power plants, health care and immigration.

"Whenever I can act on my own, I'm going to," Obama said. "We are not just going to be waiting for legislation. That's what I'm going to do with or without Congress."

"The President will announce new concrete actions that he will take using his pen," said Josh Earnest, White House Press Secretary.

"I've got a pen and I've got a phone," Obama said.

That pen, outraging Congress. Things like, not consulting them on the deal for releasing Bowe Bergdahl, and allowing hundreds of thousands of immigrant children brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents, to stay.

Other modern presidents have not used executive actions, over more-legally-binding executive orders.

"The President has a clear record of ignoring the American people's elected representatives and exceeding his constitutional authority, which has dangerous implications for both our system of government and our economy," Boehner's spokesman said.

And while moves to limit the President's authority have not made it through the Democratic-controlled Senate, Boehner feels a lawsuit might just do it.

No word from the White House yet on the lawsuit.

The Republican-controlled House has passed two bills aimed at curbing executive orders by the President, neither of which have gone anywhere in the Democratic-controlled Senate.


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