July 1st, 2014
06:08 PM ET
4 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. Elspeth

    What a crook! He has aliented Congress and alienated the Supreme Court. He is dishonest – does not tell the truth and does indeed LIE. He is an abject failure at forging constructive partnerships to effect needed legislation. And now he's going to "fix" things by imperial mandate?

    July 1, 2014 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  2. PushingBack

    Obama should sue John Boehner to stop being a big crybaby!

    July 1, 2014 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  3. pkrbkr

    We've got your back, Mr. President! We can see you are trying to get things done!

    July 1, 2014 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  4. Trent

    The GOP is an embarrassment.

    July 1, 2014 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  5. tim k

    If the congress and senate would do their jobs correctly we the people would be happier.

    July 1, 2014 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  6. tallulah131

    Good for our President. At least he's trying to do the job he was elected to do. The republicans are merely doing the job that special interests have bribed them to do.

    July 1, 2014 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  7. king

    while countries like china, are full speed ahead in the race to modernized their countries, the repubs feel fit to stop this country's progress in its tracks, and sit us on the sidelines as other countries zoom by us. just to say Obama didn't contribute to this country's success. it is a dam shame that the american people would sit back and rather than looking at the actions or none actions of the repubs, they are content to lesson to their rederics, excuses, and straight out lies of why they refuse to join the race of going into the new century with a bang. other countries are laughing at us, while they leave us in the dust. did anyone look at our infrastructure lately, it reminds me of a third world country, while china's is a state of art. the repubs plan to destroy the first african american president legacy to ensure that another black president never set foot in the white house again, might deal our country a blow we might never recover from.

    July 1, 2014 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  8. The Fact of the Matter

    "So sue me" As you wish.

    July 1, 2014 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  9. ABQsage

    Is this what leadership is all about? Is taunting the way to bring the country together, to engender respect and loyalty? Why can't a president get beyond partison politics and name calling to work with all elected leaders to accomplish important goals for the benefit of all? This kind of mockery of leadership is the reason no one now believes our government is capable of accomplishinng anything- including most foreign nations.

    July 1, 2014 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  10. Yash

    These are republicans. They are part of destruction, not construction. Sometime I wonder if our founding fathers acted like them – we would have become like Syria or Iraq. Sad but our political system is pretty close to complete breakdown.

    July 1, 2014 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  11. Abbey

    Country to Obama: We plan on suing you!

    July 1, 2014 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  12. Wes

    Sue? How about impeachment.

    July 1, 2014 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  13. Abbey

    Clearly this president is mocking the country. Time to take off the gloves.

    July 1, 2014 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  14. Doug

    At last, a president who at least tries to get something done. Sad we have a do nothing congress who can only say 'no' no mater what the issue...EVEN IF THEY AGREE WITH IT! Next election...vote the other party...no incumbents!!

    July 1, 2014 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  15. just myself

    Way to go fella–alienate almost 1/2 the populace and it seems to be no big deal to you–VA ,NSA ,IRS ...our president seems to treat all of it like it's no big deal....to bad he can't take the time to at least TRY to allay the fears of part of the electorate..

    July 1, 2014 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  16. Steven

    This guy is going to try to be the first american dictator....would not be surprised

    July 1, 2014 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  17. Eric

    Wow, how far our political system has fallen. I'm embarassed for both parties, time to get your act together.

    July 1, 2014 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  18. Catherine

    Don't sue him, IMPEACH the master liar and deceiver!!!

    July 1, 2014 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  19. Larry Hester

    I think they should take him to court. He is not king and must follow the Constitution which seperates the Legislative, Executive, and Judical branches. It is time to revoke his powers and tell him Congress writes the laws, not him. I hope the IMPEACH HIM.

    July 1, 2014 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  20. Patrick in MN

    What an absolute man-child!
    No charisma, no integrity!

    July 1, 2014 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  21. Westfield

    I voted for this man twice hut I say he has to go now. His arrogance and lack of care for legal Americans is beyond disgusting. Al he cares for is the ilkegals and expects me and other Americans to pay fir them. Bye mr president please step aside.

    July 1, 2014 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  22. Mark

    Wow. Anyone that thinks this is funny should not be allowed to vote.

    July 1, 2014 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  23. Bb8371

    It would seem the GOP is bordering on treason.. Strange word in today's society !! The entire GOP needs to look back in history, never has a sitting President had so much visual, verbal opposition.. Every members wants his 5 minutes of fame, it almost appears that they believe themselves in a higher office/ branch that the Executive...Not to mention wasting tax payers money on frivolous self serving agendas.. Time to vote them all out

    July 1, 2014 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  24. James

    So I'm a registered republican thats tired of this nonsense in our government where noone wants to work together and quite honestly this is refreshing seeing o'bama just say to heck with it and trying to do something. Good on him I say

    July 1, 2014 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  25. borderCitizen

    Bush said the same thing.

    July 1, 2014 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
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