House Republicans win Major Legal Victory

When House Republicans filed a lawsuit against the Obama Administration over the unauthorized spending to support Obamacare, President Obama labeled the effort a "political stunt."  On Wednesday a Federal Judge strongly disagreed as described by The New York Times(emphasis added):

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the House had the right to sue the Obama administration over billions of dollars in health care spending, a decision that poses a new legal threat to the health care law and gave congressional Republicans a victory in their claims of executive overreach by the White House.

In a significant defeat for the administration, United States District Court Judge Rosemary M. Collyer found that the House had made a compelling case that suing the White House was the only way to preserve its constitutional power to control federal spending and stop the administration from distributing $136 billion in insurance company subsidies that Republicans say Congress never approved.

Speaker John Boehner stated:

“I cannot overstate how big a victory this is for limited government and our first principles.  Time and again, the president has chosen to ignore the will of the American people and to re-write laws on his own without a vote of the Congress.  That’s not the way our system of government was designed to work.  If this president can get away with making his own laws, future presidents will have the ability to do so as well. 

“This is an unprecedented challenge by the House, and one the administration tried to avoid at all costs.  So this victory sends a strong message that no one – especially no president – is above being held accountable to the Constitution.”

It looks like the Republican Congress is the one that is following the Constitution and it is President Obama who in arguing for his unlawful actions is playing politics.