Paul Ryan Will Vote To Sue Obama

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Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) said Friday he’ll vote to sue President Barack Obama when the Republican-led resolution comes up on the House floor.

“I will vote for it,” Ryan said on MSNBC.

“We are very concerned about the lawlessness of the administration exceeding the executive branch’s authority,” he said. “The traditional constitutional way would be for Congress to exercise its power through the power of the purse. Unfortunately, the Senate is not interested in maintaining the prerogatives and the authority of the legislative branch and so that’s why the Speaker feels compelled to do this.”

The resolution to authorize Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) to sue the president was approved on Wednesday by the House Rules Committee on a party line vote. The lawsuit will target Obama’s unilateral delays of some deadlines in Obamacare. A vote by the full House is expected next week.

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