White House: Boehner Lawsuit Is ‘Higher Gear’ Of GOP Obstructionism


White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Wednesday that House Speaker John Boehner’s planned lawsuit against President Obama for his use of executive action is a “higher gear” of GOP obstructionism than previously seen.

“For a long time, we’ve seen Republicans block progress in Congress,” Earnest said when asked about the lawsuit at the daily White House press briefing. “But in this case, it seems that Republicans have shifted their opposition into a higher gear. It’s a gear that I previously didn’t know existed.”

Boehner said Wednesday that he would sue the administration over Obama’s executive actions, though he did not specify which ones would be challenged in court.

“The fact that they are considering a taxpayer-funded lawsuit against the President of the United States for doing his job, I think is the kind of step that most Americans wouldn’t support,” Earnest said.