Washington – Minnesota’s congressional delegation voted like most of the rest of the U.S. House Wednesday on a measure to sue President Obama over executive powers: The state’s three Republicans supported it, the five Democrats voted against it.
The measure passed 225-201, with all but five Republicans in favor and all Democrats opposed.
At the heart of the resolution, which authorizes GOP Speaker John Boehner to sue the president, is the Affordable Care Act. Republicans say the president has not adequately enforced the law, which they oppose, because his administration has delayed some parts of its implementation, including the requirement that employers provide health coverage.
“This [vote] is … about making sure the president, and any future president, is constitutionally required to faithfully execute our nation’s laws or go through Congress to have them changed,” Republican Rep. Erik Paulsen said in a statement.
Joining Paulsen in a “yes” vote were GOP Reps. Michele Bachmann and John Kline.
Democrats Betty McCollum, Tim Walz, Keith Ellison, Collin Peterson and Rick Nolan voted “no.”