When it comes to “fiscal conservatism” John Boehner talks a good game — When it comes to actions, not so much. He will be sending the taxpayers a $500 per hour bill capped at $350,000 for his frivolous, partisan lawsuit against the President, which is hardly the mark of a fiscal conservative.
Boehner has retained Washington lawyer David Rivkin of the BakerHostetler law firm in a no bid contract to represent the House Republicans in their suit alleging the President has abused his authority in delaying implementation of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), a law that they themselves have tried to repeal more than 50 times over the last 4 years.
TPM reports that House Democrats have already expressed doubts about the $350,000 cap with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), noting that these are the same people who originally set a $500,000 cap for defending DOMA only to end up with a $2.3 million bill by the time the law was struck down.
“We finally know that Republicans have handed a $500-an-hour, no-bid contract to a Washington law firm for a lawsuit that lays the groundwork for impeachment and rallies the most extreme elements of the Republican Party. Americans are tired of election-year stunts. They deserve leaders in Washington who will work to build an economy that works for everyone, not line the pockets of wealthy Washington lawyers and other special interests.”
The lawsuit which the House approved along party lines in July, accuses the President of violating the ACA by making the decision to delay implementation of the employer mandate for one year. It is the first time in the history of the nation that a chamber of Congress has voted to bring a lawsuit against a President.
Boehner, once again “channeling” the founders, defended the suit saying:
“This isn’t about Republicans and Democrats. It’s about defending the Constitution that we swore an oath to uphold…Are you willing to let anyone tear apart what our Founders have built?”
Rivkin’s credentials are impeccable for this case, he served in the administrations of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush before representing the 26 states which challenged the ACA on Constitutional grounds, a case which he lost in case you have forgotten.
Listen to Boehner as he calls on the House to approve the “non-partisan” resolution to sue the President in the video below.