House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, penned an op-ed that CNN published Sunday titled "Boehner: Why We Must Now Sue the President."
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio arrives for a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 25, 2014. (Image source: AP/J. Scott Applewhite)
In it Boehner wrote that "too often over the past five years, the President has circumvented the American people and their elected representatives through executive action, changing and creating his own laws, and excusing himself from enforcing statutes he is sworn to uphold — at times even boasting about his willingness to do it, as if daring the American people to stop him."
For those reasons (and others) the speaker said that later in July legislation will be brought to the House floor authorizing the body to "file suit in an effort to compel President Obama to follow his oath of office and faithfully execute the laws of our country."
Boehner also described as "disappointing" what he called Obama's "flippant dismissal of the Constitution we are both sworn to defend. It is utterly beneath the dignity of the office. I know the President is frustrated. I'm frustrated. The American people are frustrated, too."
What's more, he wrote that the president not only has a "habit of ignoring the law as written," but also that "laws are changing on the President's whim at any moment."
"In the end, the Constitution makes it clear that the President's job is to faithfully execute the laws," Boehner said. "And, in my view, the President has not faithfully executed the laws when it comes to a range of issues, including his health care law, energy regulations, foreign policy and education
You can read Boehner's entire op-ed here.