July 1st, 2014
06:08 PM ET
2 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. Big_D

    The GOP in Congress has been working hard to give more tax breaks to oil companies and repeal ACA. They don't understand that those are stupid and don't count as real work.

    July 2, 2014 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  2. BLKvotingAmerican

    THANK you Mr. President, it's a sorry side-show that repuks just continue to attempt to play as something of need. REALLY, bottom line if the sorry repuks in Congress would just work for the American people then they could do the jobs they were sent to Congress to do. But that won't happen they (repuks in Congress) prefer to play alot of play-ground games, my suggestion LEAVE Congress and go back to grade school, that is where that behavior belongs.

    July 2, 2014 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  3. leonardwood13

    I am middle class and I desperately want republicans to sue/impeach Obama. The man has been systematically destroying the Middle Class in America since taking over.

    July 2, 2014 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  4. rs

    Henry

    "So sue me?" Pretty childish comment for a POTUS.
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    No more so than Mr. Boehner threatening to sue him- for doing his job!

    July 2, 2014 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  5. vaughndk

    I haven't been a fan of any president since Reagan. Clinton wasn't bad. But these last two guys haven't really done anything to help the American people but Boehner wanting to sue the President of the United States is a waste of time just like the Congressional hearings on steroids in Major League Baseball. Focus on helping America instead of fighting.

    July 2, 2014 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  6. say what?

    why or why can't we throw the lazy republicans and conservative justices in jail for failing to uphold the Constitution?

    July 2, 2014 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  7. Bob Sacamano

    Republicans make me sick. Guess what? Obama is still the President. Deal with it. Quit acting like 5 year olds and do your job.

    July 2, 2014 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  8. Flush It

    100 years fom now Hopefully people remember how Obama died on the cross for our sins.

    July 2, 2014 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  9. Chris

    We will sue you.

    July 2, 2014 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  10. maze321

    Typical! When John Boehner feels the walls closing in, this is the best idea he can come up with!! Pathetic & sad. Too much power, too little common sense. This reflects on Boehner's true character. He even makes good Republicans look bad.
    He should have been out when we got rid of the worlds' biggest jack*ass, Bush Jr. Politicians have too much power to ruin our country. 911 has been used as an excuse for further power grabs by gov't, and that needs to change.

    July 2, 2014 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  11. J RUss

    please request the Senate act on the bills passed by the house

    July 2, 2014 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  12. Chris

    We will sue you, but we should be impeaching you. If the American people get behind the lawsuit… watch out.

    July 2, 2014 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  13. wildcard59

    So, sue the mongrel, and take everything he's got, including his pants! Leave him penniless and destitute!! I'd really love it, it would be the best thing that's happened to this country for about 6 years now!!!

    July 2, 2014 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  14. Mathew

    Just asking a simple question of the "Obama haters" on this board: what is your objection to the "long-term highway construction bill" mentioned in this article? The basic infrastructure in this country is in need of repair, and waiting will only lead to a worse situation (and potentially dangerous roadways.) The government is responsible for funding that work. Those proposed projects would lead to more good-paying, middle class construction jobs.

    I don't understand the GOP opposition. Honestly, what is the objection?

    July 2, 2014 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  15. iceload

    By making every effort to make the president look bad (and I am no means an Obama supporter) the GOP only makes themselves less.

    July 2, 2014 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  16. John

    Why bother with the expense an inefficiency of electing congressmen when we can simply have a dictator making our laws? Obama is bringing change we can believe in!

    July 2, 2014 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  17. FLIndy

    Would love for anyone who keeps on with the mantra that President Obama has broken laws and doesn't follow the Consitution to please give us specific examples of this. My bet is that none of you can!

    July 2, 2014 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  18. Steve

    Dear Ancient Texan, how is it the folks in your neck of the woods continue to be in the backwoods even in 2014?
    Obstructionist you say?!?!
    Then again you hillbillies still think that your gubner Perry is the answer. Please do secede. Much of the country is moving forward, not stuck in the thickets of east Texas, clueless and shivering in the dark waiting for the sky to fall with you guns at the ready.

    July 2, 2014 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  19. darth's daughter

    You mean because of the back door money laundering for free political presents and that if you are an undocumented alien, it is easier to find employment than a life long, natural born citizen!

    July 2, 2014 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  20. NYNJCT

    "odalice feliz-Sue the best president the Us has ever had, please, get a life." You mean the best president Inept, Haughty,
    Ill-Prepared and no leadership between congressmen and the admin. at all. The best President had to increase National Debts to around US$18,000,000,000,000.00 from $10,000,000,000,000 for 5.6 years.

    July 2, 2014 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  21. Dennis

    I just love that Man... At least SOMEONE in our Government is doing something to earn the money we pay them.

    July 2, 2014 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  22. hkirwin

    Mathew

    Just asking a simple question of the "Obama haters" on this board: what is your objection to the "long-term highway construction bill" mentioned in this article? The basic infrastructure in this country is in need of repair, and waiting will only lead to a worse situation (and potentially dangerous roadways.) The government is responsible for funding that work. Those proposed projects would lead to more good-paying, middle class construction jobs.

    I don't understand the GOP opposition. Honestly, what is the objection?
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    What happened to the $900 billion already spent on road construction and non-existent shovel-ready jobs?

    July 2, 2014 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  23. commonsenseisnotcommon

    How soon people forget. No matter who was in office after garbage Bush they will have a hell of a job cleaning up his mess. Bush was the worst President ever.

    July 2, 2014 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  24. Defiant

    Sadly, Obama even considers HIMSELF a dictator! LOL! He'll defy the SCOTUS...because he's so much more qualified to interpret the law. He'll get his wish and the Republicans will sue him because he's left them with ZERO recourse. Obama will lose, of course, since he ALREADY HAS...and it will cost taxpayers millions of dollars.

    Thanks Obama! Just remember...the more of America's treasure that you flush away trying to rule like Stalin...the less you'll have to spend on golfing and jet fuel for Moochelle to take her home town on vacation...

    July 2, 2014 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  25. It's obvious

    Once again, POTUS makes Boehner look like a fool and an amateur.

    July 2, 2014 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
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