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John Boehner Threatens to Sue President Barack Obama

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Any lawsuit could lead to a far-reaching court battle between the president and Congress.

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 22: House Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) holds his weekly press conference at the U.S. Capitol on May 22, 2014 in Washington, DC. During his statements, Boehner said that he is getting closer to calling on Veteran Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign. T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images

WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Speaker John Boehner is talking about suing President Barack Obama for allegedly exceeding his constitutional authority when it comes to administering the laws that Congress passes.

Boehner has frequently accused Obama of picking and choosing what portions of laws to enforce, sometimes by issuing executive orders. That is particularly so for health care and immigration. Spokesman Michael Steel says the Ohio Republican told members of the GOP rank-and-file a lawsuit is possible, but didn't provide details.

Steel also noted the House has passed legislation on two occasions attempting to rein in Obama's actions, but the Democratic-controlled Senate has refused to act on them.

Any lawsuit could lead to a far-reaching court battle between the president and Congress, who make up two equal branches of government under the Constitution

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