WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement regarding the United States District Court for the District of Columbia's ruling in United States House of Representatives v. Burwell, the House’s litigation challenging President Obama’s unilateral transfer of funds to insurance companies:
“The president's unilateral change to ObamaCare was unprecedented and outside the powers granted to his office under our Constitution. I am grateful to the Court for ruling that this historic overreach can be challenged by the coequal branch of government with the sole power to create or change the law. The House will continue our effort to ensure the separation of powers in our democratic system remains clear, as the Framers intended.”
NOTE: Consistent with H.Res. 676, the House filed litigation over President Obama’s unilateral changes to ObamaCare on November 21, 2014. Oral arguments were first heard in federal court in Washington, D.C. on May 28.
The Court ruled today that “The House of Representatives has standing to pursue its allegations that the Secretaries of Health and Human Services and of the Treasury violated Article I, § 9, cl. 7 of the Constitution when they spent public monies that were not appropriated by the Congress.”