Republican Rep. Walter Jones thinks Speaker John Boehner's lawsuit is a waste of taxpayer money — he says the impeachment of President Obama would be a better option.
"I am one that believes sincerely that the Constitution says that when a president, be it a Republican or a Democrat exceeds his authority and you can't stop the president from exceeding his authority, then we do have what's called impeachment," Jones said on the Talk of the Town radio program Monday. "Thank Alexander Hamilton. He felt that the Congress need to use this process to get the attention of a president. And if the president had lost the public trust then move forward in that area. We recently had a vote to go to federal courts. I did not vote for that. I was one of five."
Jones was indeed one five members of the Republican-controlled House who voted against a resolution last week authorizing Boehner to sue Obama; the suit will claim Obama abused his powers by bypassing Congress in delaying the employer mandate in the Affordable Care Act.
The resolution, which passed 225-201, was also opposed by Republican Reps. Paul Broun, Scott Garrett, Thomas Massie, and Steve Stockman.
"My problem with what my party is trying to do to sue is it will cost the taxpayers between two and three million dollars," Jones concluded. "Use the Constitution, that's what it is there for."
Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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