July 1st, 2014
06:08 PM ET
3 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. John

    Make cuts to welfare, and we can have real discussions.

    July 2, 2014 05:34 am at 5:34 am |
  2. julie157

    President Obama has not used executive action nearly as much as W did during his presidency, and W did it in a smug way. I cannot believe the racism that is showing in this Congress and everywhere else over President Obama. During one of his state of the union addresses, someone (a congressman or senator, I believe), yelled out "You Lie!". That act in itself was unprecedented in the history of our country. Now they want to "sue him". Is there no end to their BS? Congress WANTS this president to fail, even if that means bad consequences for our nation. I have never ever seen such sore losers as this batch of republicans currently in Washington, D.C. This is our president, everyone's president, elected "by the people", unlike Bush. Why don't people at least show the due respect for his office, the commander-in-chief of our nation?

    July 2, 2014 05:34 am at 5:34 am |
  3. MrRickinNH

    Go back and sue bush while your at it Mr. Boehner... many more executive orders

    July 2, 2014 05:40 am at 5:40 am |
  4. Obama is right

    Obama: "As long as they’re doing nothing, I’m not going to apologize for trying to do something."
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    Truer words were never spoken. Our do-nothing congress hates Obama more than it loves the U.S. and it's willing to let the country go down the tubes rather than do its job and compromise.

    July 2, 2014 05:40 am at 5:40 am |
  5. Chuk

    Good on the president for bypassing those useless Republicans. Boehner should sue himself for having no back bone to stand up to tea partyers in his own party.

    July 2, 2014 05:44 am at 5:44 am |
  6. Obama is right

    Obama: "As long as they’re doing nothing, I’m not going to apologize for trying to do something."
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    Truer words were never spoken.

    July 2, 2014 05:46 am at 5:46 am |
  7. teapooper

    Dang..GOP just got called out !

    July 2, 2014 05:47 am at 5:47 am |
  8. Brenda Sickles

    John Boehner needs to step down as Speaker of the House. His constant refusal to listen or work with the President has gone on long enough. His insignificant rants and threats to sue the Obama administration just proves he has no intention of working for the people that he himself took an oath to serve. He continues to bring his own personal hate to the house and that is not right. Instead of working so hard to continue to not do his job, You Mr. Boehner need to stop talking and start working to do what is right or leave. Leave your personal baggage at home and earn your paycheck.

    July 2, 2014 05:47 am at 5:47 am |
  9. YoonYoungJo

    Suing the President for excercising the powers granted him? That's a little bit of a stretch. This whole conflict in congress boxing match has gotten a little ridiculous at times. Not taking either side, but I do wish the two sides would learn to come together better. And I know its joy just me, all of America wishes the two sides to come to agreements a little more often. In my opinion, I favor the GOP when dealing with foreign powers and their foreign agenda a little more then democrats but I definitely favor the democrats domestic agenda more then the GOP's, so at times its a toss up for me. Although I do lean more democrat then GOP because obviously domestic agenda issues hit closer to home. I just wish, like many Americans the two sides would consider giving a little more and taking a little less. Instead of feeling the need to make their constituents overwhelmingly jubilent, maybe just appeasing them would be better for the country overall.

    July 2, 2014 05:48 am at 5:48 am |
  10. Matt Mattson

    Here are six Conundrums of Democrat thinking: 1. America is capitalist and greedy – yet half of the population is subsidized. 2. Half of the population is subsidized – yet they think they are victims. 3. They think they are victims – yet their representatives run the government 4. Their representatives run the government – yet the poor keep getting poorer. 5. The poor keep getting poorer – yet they have things that people in other countries only dream about. 6. They have things that people in other countries only dream about – yet they want America to be more like those other countries.

    July 2, 2014 05:50 am at 5:50 am |
  11. Aaron Thall

    Well, no matter if you like him or not, you can't argue that he's at least trying to get things done, which certainly puts him one up on the rest of the government.

    July 2, 2014 05:54 am at 5:54 am |
  12. john

    Spend more money obama u think it grows on trees when we r 17 trillon in debt

    July 2, 2014 05:55 am at 5:55 am |
  13. Anonymous

    I guess the GOP would rather spend their time, and our tax dollars, suing over stuff they are supposed to be doing, then working on a compromise/doing their jobs.

    July 2, 2014 05:58 am at 5:58 am |
  14. AJ-107

    I guess the GOP would rather spend their time, and our tax dollars, suing over stuff they are supposed to be doing, then working on a compromise/doing their jobs.

    July 2, 2014 05:59 am at 5:59 am |
  15. Renee

    He's a joke....need i say more

    July 2, 2014 06:02 am at 6:02 am |
  16. maximusvad

    Give the GOP the smack down...They have hurt this country more then anything else in the past 15 years.

    July 2, 2014 06:02 am at 6:02 am |
  17. willard

    I should be agaimst presdient obama what happened about fraud check scam from afrcian amerciam with vote support presdient obama. 2008 at chicago
    I am belived that cnm are keep soft heart
    Support for obama. Right
    I am serouis honest to god what about fraud check scam from afrcian amercian

    July 2, 2014 06:06 am at 6:06 am |
  18. Awasis

    Republicans rather stonewall.

    July 2, 2014 06:13 am at 6:13 am |
  19. Lou

    About time with that useless congress, whoever votes Republican gets what they deserve... absoultely nothing being done they might as well send chimps there for what these guys get done.

    July 2, 2014 06:16 am at 6:16 am |
  20. Bob Watkins

    Since when have you cared about middle class families? You increase the cost of our health insurance and increase our taxes to pay for your increase in federal government. You force your choices and opinions on all of us and give us less freedoms. You only care about the people that you believe will vote for you, those get "gifts" and you continue to create a welfare state where those that work hard have to pay for those that don't.

    July 2, 2014 06:17 am at 6:17 am |
  21. Mike

    President Obama is the only President during my lifetime who has demonstrated to the people over and over again that anyone can graduate from Harvard.........anyone – that is privileged or able to buy their way in. The people in the U.S. is sick of his rhetoric that continues to diminish the U.S. in so many ways and levels. Sue you? YOU BET!

    July 2, 2014 06:18 am at 6:18 am |
  22. JC

    Sounds normal for the GOP. Done nothing but complain all year.

    July 2, 2014 06:18 am at 6:18 am |
  23. pprty

    The President is exactly right.

    July 2, 2014 06:18 am at 6:18 am |
  24. Matt

    Sue him and impeach him!

    July 2, 2014 06:20 am at 6:20 am |
  25. Navyvet52

    Don't sue the clown IMPEACH him!!!!

    July 2, 2014 06:21 am at 6:21 am |
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