Three cheers for the Republicans in the U.S. House. They got together and approved something. House approval is so rare these days we almost forgot what it looked like.
But wait! There’s a catch. The plan that the House has hatched is actually pretty pointless. And it’s got virtually no chance of going anywhere. It’s also confounding.
House Republicans are suing President Barack Obama for not doing his job – and for doing his job too much. Whether you like the president or not, a lawsuit just seems silly. It would be laughable if we were watching a sitcom about politicians who hated each other and were out to ruin all rivals with hilarity ensuing.
But there are real issues that need serious attention, and the majority party in the House continues to bumble and bicker even within their own ranks. Just Thursday, GOP leaders had to back away from their own bill that would have addressed the immigration crisis because a handful of tea party conservatives preferred grandstanding to problem-solving.
Let the president handle the crisis through executive order, GOP leaders said. But wait! Haven’t you heard? That’s why they’re suing him.
One legislative action that the House is wildly successful at getting approved is voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act – even though it dies immediately after passing in the House because the U.S. Senate and the president aren’t interested in dismantling the health care law. More than 50 times the House has sought to roll back the law, and every House Republican voted against it. But wait! You guessed it. Because part of the law was delayed, Republicans want to sue Obama.
The law’s employer mandate – which Republicans said they hated – has been delayed twice. And even though the GOP has been fighting tooth and nail for that very thing, it’s now part of a suit alleging the president isn’t enforcing the law.
Kudos to the five conservative Republicans who sided with Democrats in opposing the lawsuit, North Carolina’s Walter Jones among them. The rest of the bunch needs to get serious.