Why Massie says House Republicans are wrong to sue Obama
09/08/2014 03:24 PM
Kentucky U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Vanceburg, sided with Democrats when he said House Speaker John Boehner took “unprecedented action” opting to sue President Barack Obama in late July.
Massie, along with four other members of the GOP, voted against the lawsuit which claims Obama overstepped his legal authority when the White House opted to delay a provision in the Affordable Healthcare Act.
The lawsuit, Massie said, is “a distraction and I think it’s going to waste time and money.”
“Number two, I think it’s dangerous to invite the third branch of government to mediate between the first branches of government when we have constitutional levers we can pull,” Massie said. “If you look at what the lawsuit is — it’s suing the president for delaying the one part of Obamacare when in fact we might actually want to delay the implementation of Obamacare.”
Massie also said the court case will not meet its objective, because of likely delay tactics taken by attorneys to ensure a case is not heard in the next two-years while Obama is still in office.
“Don’t get me wrong I think the president has been acting in a lawless fashion and I don’t think that he has the authority to do what he has been doing,” Massie said.
Some members in Congress have argued the lawsuit does not go far enough, but Massie said he is not in favor of impeachment proceedings.
“I think impeachment is futile and not the right thing to do,” Massie said adding that Congress should defund laws they do not agree with.
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