Reid blasts GOP lawsuit as ‘inane,’ leading to ‘show trial’

 

McClatchy Washington Bureau

“If a show trial is what House Republicans want, they should go talk to Judge Judy,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Monday.

In a Senate floor speech, the Nevada Democrat talked about the House of Representatives’ Republicans plan to sue President Barack Obama for overreaching executive authority. The House Rules Committee plans a hearing Wednesday.

Reid ripped into the plan.

“Just imagine how many lawsuits there would be if House Republicans could sue the President every time they disagreed with him about something. But there is no reasoning with the radical Republicans in the House,” he said.

Reid called the suit “inane,” adding, “The real irony is the subject: the Affordable Care Act. House Republican leaders maintain that Obama should have consulted Congress before delaying the employer mandate on health care coverage.

“Even more absurd is the fact that Republicans in Congress have long targeted this specific provision of comprehensive health reform. In fact, just after President Obama announced the delay of the employer provision, House Republicans voted on legislation to do the exact same thing, delaying the so-called mandate,” Reid said.

“Yet instead of applauding the President’s action, House Republicans would rather try a frivolous case worthy of daytime television’s ‘The People’s Court,’” Reid said.

“So, to sum up it all up: Republicans create an employer obligation provision in the Affordable Care Act; the Affordable Care Act becomes law; Republicans vilify the employer provision they themselves authored; Republicans demand the employer provision in Obamacare be delayed; President Obama agrees to delay employer provision; House Republicans sue President Obama for delaying employer provision.”

Reid contended “this is the behavior that we’ve come to expect from a Republican Party that is determined to undermine President Obama at all costs.”

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has defended the suit. “If this president can get away with making his own laws, future presidents will have the ability to as well. The House has an obligation to stand up for the Legislative Branch, and the Constitution, and that is exactly what we will do,” he said last week.

--"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," the Ohio Republican wrote in an op-ed piece for CNN.

Read more Politics Wires stories from the Miami Herald

  • What's a corporate inversion?

    Business transactions known as corporate inversions are getting increasing attention from Wall Street and U.S. government officials. Here's a snapshot:

  • Obama to raise federal, military pay by 1 percent

    President Barack Obama is offering civilian federal workers and members of the military a 1 percent pay increase in 2015, the same raise he offered last year citing efforts to keep government costs down during the economic recovery.

  • McFadden, Franken argue over debate schedule

    The debate about debates rages on in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race.

Miami Herald

Join the
Discussion

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category