July 1st, 2014
06:08 PM ET
6 months ago

Obama to Republicans: 'So sue me'

(CNN) – President Barack Obama dared Republicans to follow through on their threats to bring a lawsuit against his administration over his use of executive action.

"Middle-class families can’t wait for Republicans in Congress to do stuff. So sue me," Obama said Tuesday at an event in Washington.

"As long as they’re doing nothing, I’m not going to apologize for trying to do something."

Obama’s defiant attitude comes as House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, plans to propose legislation that could bring a lawsuit against him for implementing executive actions that the GOP contends amounts to a breach of his constitutional power by side-stepping the legislative process.

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Recently, Obama has ramped up his use of executive authority as a way to bypass a deeply divided Congress, avoiding inaction on issues the White House has made hallmarks of the President's second term agenda.

On Monday, Obama said he would start "a new effort to fix as much of our immigration system as I can on my own, without Congress."

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At Tuesday's event, Obama continued to harp on congressional Republicans to pass legislation - this time pushing them to invest in transportation.

Standing in front of Key Bridge, which connects the city's Georgetown-area to Virginia, Obama continued his stepped-up rhetoric hammering Republican for obstructing action in Washington.

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Obama proposed a long-term highway construction bill earlier this year that he says would spur job growth.

"It’s not crazy, it’s not socialism," Obama said of his transportation proposal. "It’s not the imperial presidency - no laws are broken. We’re just building roads and bridges like we’ve been doing for the last, I don’t know, 50, 100 years. But so far, House Republicans have refused to act on this idea."

CNN's Mike Ahlers and Rene Marsh contributed to this report.

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soundoff (1,488 Responses)
  1. Dinaanid

    Congress. Collecting a paycheck while getting no work done = freeloading.

    July 2, 2014 04:51 am at 4:51 am |
  2. gager

    "..."Middle-class families can’t wait for Republicans in Congress to do stuff. So sue me," Obama said Tuesday at an event in Washington..." What stuff? Government does not make a middle class.

    July 2, 2014 04:51 am at 4:51 am |
  3. The Awful Truth

    Obama says once again that he will use exec orders to bypass Congress – and that what he is doing is not socialism or an imperial presidency. Our idiot president just doesn't get it – it's not WHAT he is trying to do...it is that he is BREAKING THE LAW by circumventing Congress to makes and alter laws. And it IS socialism.. all of his signature programs are socialistic in nature and structure. Just another lie for the adoring masses to swallow – and distraction from the many scandals.

    July 2, 2014 04:52 am at 4:52 am |
  4. joedog

    No it's "My way or the highway" Presidential decrees based on Saul Alinsky and Bill Ayers; as if he were living inside the Politburo and we were his faceless and voteless masses.

    July 2, 2014 04:54 am at 4:54 am |
  5. joedog

    The {resident's arrogance is only matched by his ineptness and tasteless and loudly repeated bravado.

    July 2, 2014 04:55 am at 4:55 am |
  6. bananaspy

    For all the Republicans who will be butt hurt over this, I have to ask... what exactly has your side done for anyone lately?

    July 2, 2014 04:56 am at 4:56 am |
  7. Anonymous

    Why sue him? let's all impeach this traitor!!!

    July 2, 2014 05:03 am at 5:03 am |
  8. Eli

    Mr. President,

    It is the Supreme Court, not YOU, that is the final arbiter on when you've surpassed your legal authority as a co-equal branch of government. And the court over the last several days has repeatedly indicated that you are doing just that- in some cases even in 9-0 decisions.

    July 2, 2014 05:09 am at 5:09 am |
  9. Name

    Lets blame others for our own failures.............

    July 2, 2014 05:09 am at 5:09 am |
  10. Wilson

    The fundamental transformation of America continues apace. Unfortunately, it is transformation in a form that about 50% of the country disagrees with.

    July 2, 2014 05:12 am at 5:12 am |
  11. cwl

    Why is he afraid to secure our borders? Answer lies in his hatred for the US>

    July 2, 2014 05:15 am at 5:15 am |
  12. Lolita

    How long it may happen?!
    Instead of working as president of United States to help people, Obama just talk and dive into routine war between Democrats and Republicans. Great boast, small roast.

    July 2, 2014 05:15 am at 5:15 am |
  13. Concernedforkids

    We need to INVEST in this country and our children first. Then I have no problem helping others. Right now this country is going to hell no matter who did it.

    July 2, 2014 05:18 am at 5:18 am |
  14. Nodack

    I cannot wait to vote against Republicans again.

    July 2, 2014 05:20 am at 5:20 am |
  15. UncleWolf

    Obama is going to grab his magic pen and sign an executive order in an attempt to fix another social injustice. Oh great bundles of joy. Do we not already have laws which if enforced would resolve these issues? Haven't we thrown enough money out the window while the keeping the door open to anyone, good or bad, from entering our borders illegally? Another ineffective Obama policy, implemented for the wrong reasons, costing taxpayers more money we don’t have, all the while pointing the finger at the Bad Republicans. How disgraceful.

    July 2, 2014 05:20 am at 5:20 am |
  16. los

    The reason republicans can't do a anything is because every time they do Harry Reid blocks it in the senate. Over 200 bills have been passed by the Republican congress and all have died in the Democrat senate. You might not agree with Republican ' s politics or with the bills they past. However, to keep calling them a "no can do congress" just because they won't pass bills Obama wants is an outright lie.

    July 2, 2014 05:21 am at 5:21 am |
  17. Sundara

    I wish he would have said "Impeach me!"

    July 2, 2014 05:21 am at 5:21 am |
  18. Rob

    This man is such a lair. He is up to his neck in things like the IRS, EPA, the VA his failure with immigration and his blame for that mess and the list goes on and on etc. And as usual he pivots back to the economy. All along, he is only hoping it will divert people attention from all the garbage his Dictatorship. Obama should be impeached.

    July 2, 2014 05:21 am at 5:21 am |
  19. R.J Nielson

    As long Harry Reid blocks the votes. it will look like congress is doing nothing. That is the Obama scam. Google the bills waiting and see if Greedy Reid not blocking them.

    July 2, 2014 05:22 am at 5:22 am |
  20. Anonymous

    Well he got something right little boner the spineless will do nothing!

    July 2, 2014 05:23 am at 5:23 am |
  21. cfd

    Worse president ever, doesn't even warrant a capitol p

    July 2, 2014 05:24 am at 5:24 am |
  22. Martin in Seattle

    Stunts are all the Republicans have.

    July 2, 2014 05:26 am at 5:26 am |
  23. haromania

    Worst. President. Ever.

    July 2, 2014 05:27 am at 5:27 am |
  24. RomneyWho

    Go get em president Barack!

    July 2, 2014 05:28 am at 5:28 am |
  25. RomneyWho

    This is the guy I voted for . . . Now we are cooking with gas!

    July 2, 2014 05:29 am at 5:29 am |
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