Republicans Vote To Sue President Obama

House authorizes lawsuit over the employer mandate.

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House Republicans voted Wednesday evening to move forward with their lawsuit against President Obama.

The resolution, which passed 225-201, authorizes a lawsuit against the president over the administration’s decision to delay the employer mandate in the Affordable Care Act.

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3. Democrats voted unanimously against the measure. Five Republicans voted no: Reps. Thomas Massie, Walter Jones Jr., Paul Broun, Steve Stockman, and Scott Garrett.

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The idea of impeaching Obama, rather than suing him, has been floated by a few Republicans, and ruled out by Boehner and Rep. Paul Ryan.

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5. The White House has slammed the lawsuit in recent weeks, including comments from the president today:

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Pres Obama today dismissed the push to sue him as a "political stunt" at taxpayer expense.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller)
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