John Boehner Sent Reeling As Democrats Demand To Know How Much Obama Lawsuit Will Cost

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Democrats on the House Rules Committee sent a letter today demanding that Republicans tell taxpayers how much of their money John Boehner is going to spend on suing President Obama.

The letter was sent to House Rules Committee Chairman Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX) from Democratic Reps. Louise M. Slaughter, James P. McGovern, Alcee L. Hastings, Jared Polis.

In the letter, Democrats point out that Republicans have given Boehner an unlimited budget:

The draft resolution places no limit on the amount of taxpayer funds the Speaker may dedicate to his lawsuit against the President. The American people have a right to know – before the House votes to initiate such a lawsuit – how much money will be allocated to this exercise.

We do not expect you to provide a detailed budget for the lawsuit, and we understand that unforeseen variables will influence the ultimate cost. But there is no reason to assume that the House of Representatives cannot do what every American family must do – use its best judgment to estimate future expenditures. The President’s Office of Management and Budget must provide such estimates every day. We do not see why the House of Representatives should be exempt from the ordinary budget discipline of estimating the cost of its own activities. We request that you provide to the Committee, in advance of our markup, your best estimate of the anticipated cost of the lawsuit to the American taxpayers.


We have learned in too many cases what happens when the House fails to disclose the anticipated cost of such activities in advance. The American public only learned, after the fact, that the House had wasted $2.3 million on its misguided intervention in the Defense of Marriage Act litigation. Another example is the resolution to launch yet another investigation of the Benghazi matter. When the Rules Committee considered this partisan legislation, we asked repeatedly – and in vain – for a cost estimate. We learned after the vote that the House plans to spend as much as $3.3 million on this duplicative and wasteful effort this year alone – more than the budgets of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs and the House Committee on Ethics.

The House Rules Committee Democrats were correct. The taxpayers have witnessed House Republicans waste tens of millions of taxpayer dollars on stunts like seven Benghazi investigations, Darrell Issa’s IRS witch hunt, repeated Obamacare investigations, the DOMA lawsuit, and thousands of hours of employee manpower wasted fulfilling Republican requests for information that they already have.

The only thing that House Republicans seem able to do efficiently is waste taxpayer money. Speaker Boehner said that he wouldn’t give President Obama a blank check on funding for the humanitarian crisis on the border, but he has given himself a blank check when it comes to his lawsuit.

Republicans tout themselves as the party of fiscal conservatism, but it is Democrats who are demanding fiscal accountability from Boehner. Earlier this week Democrats demanded transparency from Boehner on the cost of the outside attorneys that he will be hiring for his lawsuit. Today’s letter took things a step beyond and demanded that Republicans let the taxpayers know how much money Republicans are planning on spending on this lawsuit.

This not an unusual request. The taxpayers have a right to know where their money is going. The American people work hard for their paychecks, and they have a right to know how Boehner is planning on spending the money that they are sending to him.

It’s an easy question, and Republicans already know the answer. The heat is on the Speaker, because the American people are demanding to know how much his lawsuit against the president will cost.

70 Replies to “John Boehner Sent Reeling As Democrats Demand To Know How Much Obama Lawsuit Will Cost”

  1. Republicans are used to spending money like it grew on trees, but they’re not used to being held accountable for it.

    They usually just screw everything up and blame Democrats for their incompetence.

    They’ll have to own this one.

  2. what I REALLY resent is that Boehner and the rest of the dumbass Republicans claim to speak for America…

    they may speak for their own actual constituents, good for them doing their ‘jobs’, but they don’t speak for me anymore than ‘America’s Team’, the Dallas Plowboys, represent me in football…


  3. Republicans suffer from the delusion that a majority of Americans agree with them but are too afraid to be seen as politically incorrect. It is up to we sane folks to give them a dose of reality this November, please get out and vote.

  4. Democrat is another word for total lack of common sense….like liberally biased MSNBC’s “exclusive interview” reporting on the blast of wind from Howard Stern’s ass.

    No wonder democrats have issues with facts. Their source of information is a failing, unprofessional group that doesn’t even check it’s sources.

    You folks must be proud….

  5. I’m sick and tired of the money the GOP spends on useless investigations and phony scandals. We pay them we feed them, they can’t do there job. Biggest wasters of our tax dollar in history! They think they are royalty. All the while Americans suffer! They have proven time after time they don’t give a dam about us. They can’t get over the fact that they lost two elections to the black guy. I hope we never see another Republican in the white house!

  6. …and your reliable source is faux news which has been proven to lie and mislead more then any news agency in existence. Ya, you are standing firm in quicksand.

  7. Common Sense needs to learn some COMMON SENSE & fake news is callin,they have deceived & you have believed…sad

  8. Hey Boner, you want to do this, do what most every other American must do. Pay for it out of their own pocket!

  9. Common Sense lacks common sense. I want common sense to name me one time when dems did not state factd. it better e a doosie. because I will have “facts” to back up anything I have to day.

    that said, I wonder how boehner will respond to this request. he is boxed in no matter how he responds.

  10. Are you kidding?, or just that ignorant?..The GOP is wasting time with various stunts to distract and fire up the stupid.Closing down the government,Benghazi,the whole IRS nonsense,the village idiot Palin trying to drum up support for impeachment and now this crap.Their dishonesty will cost them esp in 2016 not because the minions who blindly follow them will see the light but because the independents and dems will turn out,out of shear disgust.

  11. You’re a special kind of stupid, aren’t you? The GOP have lied so often that the very CONCEPT of ‘truth’ has become nearly unrecognizable. They have wasted MILLIONS of tax dollars on attacks on the President, the Democratic Party, and 99% of the American people… All at the direction of their corporate paymasters, the 1%. They hide behind the shield of Christianity & Fiscal Responsibility, and yet their actions are virtually Satanic in their destructive force against the Masses they are supposed to be serving the best interests of, and they keep WASTING vast sums of money in their efforts to prevent their political opposites from doing ANYTHING to help the Masses…

  12. Reagan gave amnest to 3million immigrants. Not a peep from the right. Bush had 10 or so benghazis on his watch. Not a peep.

  13. WOW!!!

    “What the hell, pal?” A letter to the editor from a friend of John Boehner’s

    Jerry Mouch, a friend who has known Boehner for over 50 years, wrote a letter to the editor in response that is worth every second of the 2 minutes it takes to read.

    Mouch wrote:

    You’ve got nothing more pressing to do than sue a president who was elected twice by the majority of voting Americans?
    You say “the majority of Americans are frustrated.” I agree, but not with this president. They’re frustrated with the childishness of those purporting to serve all the American people.

    The majority of Republicans are frustrated. Sure, I get that. But everything shouldn’t come to a halt because you don’t control the White House.

    If this is yore friend then I think the boner needs another drink. I am buying

  14. Common sense – you are another blow hard that gives absolutely NO FACTS, we know that those are scary things, FACTS, but they must be gathered before you can present a compelling argument against another party who does have FACTS. Whoops said the bad word again, don’t be skeered! All the repubs. do is WASTE WASTE WASTE! NONE of their mutual masturbation session has PROVED anything! Save the $$ for the Vets! The hungry seniors! The kids going to school hungry!

  15. You know it amazes me that the republicans are so tight when it comes to money yet they don’t want to let the American people know what they are wasting our money on. You, Ben, are either brain dead or just plain stupid or even both. Do you really think for one minute if the situation was reversed and it was a democratic congress suing a republican President that the republicans would not demand the same thing from the democrats? Seriously?

  16. Senseless,

    Why are you defending Repig idiocy and WASTE of taxpayer dollars? Repigs waste money every damn day that could be used to the AMERICAN PEOPLE who need help.

    Just try to seek medical help for your mental condition – TERMINAL STOOPIDITY.

  17. Remember folks, this lawsuit comes from the party of fiscal conservatism of course not when they are starting wars (and not paying for them), and engineering massive tax cuts for the their rich backers and now frivolous lawsuit attacking the President for DOING HIS JOB WHEN THEY DO NOTHING!

  18. Rather than spewing vitriolic nonsense at each other, how about some suggestions? Obama has not been the best president and Boner is a jerk. But money this country desperately needs for The People IS being thrown away and only the rich benefit.

  19. A note to John Boehner: Have you ever heard the expression…. “Lead, follow, or get out of the way”? Well, you can’t seem to lead, and you refuse to follow, therefore there is only one thing left for you to do.

  20. If the Republicans want to sue the President it should come out of their own pockets, not that of the taxpayers. Maybe then they wouldn’t be so quick to try to sue for something they have to know is a lost cause.

  21. Dems ARE the party of common sense. Repugs only wish to chase their tails trying to discredit President Obama and his agendas and their so-called conservatism goes out the window. There are Americans losing their homes daily. There are Americans dying daily from lack of healthcare. Does this bother repugs? No, not at all. They won’t be deterred from their task which is dictated by the Kochs and other corporations.

  22. Millions have been wasted on the geoppigs wasted Issa witch hunts. Millons more will be spent on this sham law suit. These scum bags need to be stopped.

  23. The sense of “entitlement” and arrogance that the GOP displays, along with their donors is just astounding.

    These people actually believe they are above the law.

  24. Or (it) might not be paid at all. It might just be a racist hateful, hate filled, hate mongering, lying republican liar. That enjoys seeing our country burn in the fires of the despicable hate and disgusting lies of the GOP, rather than see if flourish while being governed by and elected and reelected black Democrat President.

  25. ‘Big’ Dik Cheney really put it in
    a nutshell.
    Defense, aka WAR:

    “That ought to be our top priority for spending. Not food stamps, not highways or anything else,”

    That’s pretty much it.
    We ALWAYS have money for WAR but People?
    As the Republican Party see it anyway.
    In THEIR world, the REAL problem is, POOR People have too much money &
    RICH People don’t have enough!


  26. This is not a democrat vs. republican when it comes to spending. This is about about accountability. Republicans are not the only tax payers.
    I would like to know how this is going to be offset. So far the government shut down all these hearings have been off set by cuts made to unemployed, elderly, vets, children, disabled.
    I expect those who represent me to actually work. Both sides of the chambers are holding up bills, this is unacceptable. I pay them to work not stump and take multiple vacations, fly first class at our expense.
    Rant all you want about democrats but it does not change the fact there needs to be accountability here for ALL tax payers are footing this bill. Name calling is not going to solve these problems.

  27. Please include the cost of the congressional staff time and the full costs to the administration to have to defend this purely partisan attack. I would also like to know the ‘opportunity’ costs. The amount of time wasted on this (these) efforts that should be spent on governing.

  28. All you have to go on is an idiotic, classless Howard Stern prank????? Man, you are desperate. Common Sense, my ars.

  29. I would state it somewhat differently. The most extreme Republicans are the most extreme hypocrites. They hide the truth of what they are inside, even from themselves. Not all Repubs are hypocrites. But what does one do when one agrees partially?

  30. As a liberal of nearly 50 years’ standing, I am alarmed by the level to which political discourse has sunk. Does anybody HAVE any facts or statistics to back up contentions, or is it enough to denounce the opposition as “idiots,” “blowhards,” “stupid,” “repigs,” and “village idiot”? I wonder if some good will would help ?

  31. Maybe Boehner would like to pony up some of his OWN MONEY for this “lawsuit”… Ya know, like the rest of us have to?

    Or maybe he could crowdfund it, so only those “Americans” who support him will be paying for it…

  32. An Obituary printed in the London Times…..Absolutely Dead Brilliant!!

    Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:

    – Knowing when to come in out of the rain;
    – Why the early bird gets the worm;
    – Life isn’t always fair;
    – And maybe it was my fault.

    Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don’t spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).

    His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition….

  33. 2nd part

    Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.

    It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

    Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.

    Common Sense took a beating when you couldn’t defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.

    Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.

    Common Sense was preceded in death,
    -by his parents, Truth and Trust,
    -by his wife, Discretion,
    -by his daughter,…

  34. 3rd part

    Common Sense was preceded in death,
    -by his parents, Truth and Trust,
    -by his wife, Discretion,
    -by his daughter, Responsibility,
    -and by his son, Reason.

    He is survived by his 5 stepbrothers;
    – I Know My Rights
    – I Want It Now
    – Someone Else Is To Blame
    – I’m A Victim
    – Pay me for Doing Nothing

    Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.

    If you still remember him, pass this on. If not, join the majority and do nothing.

  35. The problem is, “good will” when dealing with extremists is mistaken for “weakness” instead of “good will.”

  36. If Fox can claim to be “news” and “fair and balanced”‘ he can call himself Common Sense. I can be Queen Elizabeth if I want.

  37. Here’s a thought, Boehner. Pass the jobs bill and Immigration Reform and knock off the silliness. Taxpayers have wasted too much money on the Republican Party with no return. It’s clear the GOP has no interest in working, so they may as well allocate funds to those who are.

  38. Looks like the GOP is making good on its promise started on the Bush Administration to Bankrupt America. The Party of NO!!! means no to the average person but more tax breaks to the wealthy, more useless, money wasting committees, more NO votes on the Affordable Care Act aka Obama Care. The GOP has offered nothing in its’ place. Sadly their actions speak loudly of their racism toward some and hatred of the Average American. They are the Party of NO.
    This GOP could have been great, their 2010 Election mantra was JOBS, again another NO, even when it was meant to help returning military Veterans. We need a bipartisan Congress and if not, then we need a Democratic Congress that can work together for the Average American.

  39. I think it’s time Dik let one of his “friends” shoot him in the face. It could only be an improvement.

  40. Boehner cries about wasteful spending, then spends wastefully.

    Boehner demands transparency, then he and his ilk (Issa, Gowdy, Sessions,…) run wild with spending unlimited public money on bogus conspiracies.

    Boehner bemoans the lack of jobs (“Where are the jobs?”), but is unapologetic about taking public money to pay his job’s salary, while doing nothing to create jobs for the public.

    Boehner’s wasteful spending in the House needs to be made public, especially since they have nothing to show for it; they have a 10% approval rating and the least amount of bills passed in the history of Congress.

    Boehner & GOP are so focused on bringing down POTUS44 that they are not doing their jobs for constituents who voted them in, but are instead listening to their big donors who expect a quid pro quo.

    Wish there was a way we could send a “Vote of No Confidence” to hold them accountable.

  41. John will boast of all the job bills the house has put through but the senate is holding, well I have looked at those bills and they are not job bills at all. I can see why the senate ignores them. Get real John B.

  42. Oh my!!!! All this waste is against my religion,, I don’t think we should send one more dime of OUR tax dollars to Washington until the money changing Republicans are thrown out of congress

  43. That lawsuit is the culmination of years of Republicans treating our elected President like absolute trash, and we the people should put a stop to this right now! I am sick and tired of all of it! This is just outrageous, and remember they were the ones who wanted to”stop frivolous lawsuits”??? A pox on all of them, and Americans, let’s find a way to stop this mess, as I said!!

  44. I think you should change your handle from “Common Sense” to “Air Between Ears”
    Just look at the facts — first of all the ACA is a success, everyone who wants affordable health care can now have it, well done Mr. president!
    He has signed 182 executive orders so far less than mot presidents except Lincoln:
    Abraham Lincoln 48, Ulysses S. Grant 217
    Theodore Roosevelt 1,081, Dwight D. Eisenhower 484, Ronald Reagan 381
    George W. Bush 291
    Barack Obama 182, now who abused their power????
    Let’s not even get into Benghazi or immigration, because I will run circles around you on that too!

  45. Let’s stop the banter on “common sense”. Every one in the world has a “sense” and it always seems “common” when it’s yours. But anyway, Quick question: is this lawsuit going to be timed in a way that allows the speaker to go into midterms as “he who is suing the president” or will the actual trial happen before then? Because if it’s timed so that no actual arbitration occurs before midterm elections, then that would indicate that Mr speaker knows that he’s going to lose, and simply wants to do it after a new term has been secured.

  46. I was hoping, from the headline, to hear how Boehner was sent ‘reeling.’ OK, Dems delivered a letter, and….?

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