HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Time is running out for lawmakers to pass bills, but they’re distracted, and this time it’s not from legislation.
House Republicans voted in favor to sue President Obama, accusing him of abusing his powers by using Executive Action to change the health care law instead of consulting Congress.
Political expert, Tony Signoli, told 22News the lawsuit was driven by this years November elections.
“They know that this pays back in their districts, so where a lot of them are running for reelection they bring back issues where they’d be popular but the President may not be, and they use this,” he said.
Five Republicans voted against the lawsuit, while no Democrats voted for it, but moments afterwards, both party’s sent emails to their supporters.
The GOP’s email said this could be their last chance to curb what they see as the President’s abuse of power, while Democrats’ email accused Republicans of suing the President instead of doing their jobs.
Republicans are mainly focused on the health care law, and Obama’s decision to use Executive Action to delay the employer mandate, twice.
A resident of Agawam, Ryan Evelyn, told 22News that Republicans weren’t the only ones disappointed by the Affordable Care Act.
“I’m not a big fan of President Obama right now, I don’t think he’s done a very good job with the health care law or what’s going on in our country right now,” he said.
The GOP hasn’t laid out any timetable for the lawsuit.