President Barack Obama on Wednesday continued to slam Republicans for moving to sue him over his use of executive actions, calling the move a “political stunt” and urging Congress to “stop hatin' all the time.”
“They have announced that they are going to sue me for taking executive actions to help people,” he said during an event in Kansas City. “They’re mad because I’m doing my job.”
Calling the vote a waste of valuable taxpayer dollars, Obama said Republicans are also taking time away from important legislation they should be addressing.
“Stop being mad all the time,” he said of Republicans, chuckling. “Stop just hatin’ all the time. Let’s get some work done.”
The House is expected to approve a resolution later Wednesday to authorize a lawsuit against the president for what Republicans call his overstepping of executive authority. Democrats call that a slippery step towards an impeachment fight – being sure to note their concern about impeachment in fundraising appeals that have brought in millions for the party.
It’s not the first time that Obama has challenged Republicans on the lawsuit. In July, when House Speaker John Boehner was threatening the move, Obama told a Washington crowd that “middle-class families can’t wait for Republicans in Congress to do stuff.”
“So sue me,” he added.
- Carrie Dann
First published July 30 2014, 9:36 AM