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Letter to the Editor
Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Regarding the column “Why the House should sue Obama” : I have to disagree with the authors' contention. A lawsuit against the White House is little more than a publicity stunt. The House has the levers it needs to counter any usurpation of powers on the part of the White House. What lawmakers lack is courage.

Article I, Section 7 of the Constitution gives the House the power of the checkbook. All spending bills must originate in the House of Representatives. Instead, like the political cowards they are, they want the courts to fight their battles for them.

Don't like the behavior of a government agency? Defund its enforcement budget. I doubt many Americans would bemoan such an action taken against the IRS.

The Framers gave the power of the purse to the House for a reason. Those powers are not just “useful political options,” as the column's authors state. They are the best, and most formidable, checks and balances that Congress has.

Mike Henninger


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