WASHINGTON, D.C. -- House Speaker John Boehner says he plans to file a lawsuit against President Obama, charging he's not faithfully executing laws.
Boehner told reporters that President Obama has tried to erode the power of the legislative branch by issuing executive orders to circumvent Congress.
Actions that have angered congressional Republicans include the president's ordering the department of homeland security to defer deporting many young people brought to the United States illegally.
Obama has also ordered a higher minimum wage for federal contractors, and the EPA has announced actions to curb carbon emissions.
Speaker Boehner today said the action won't be an impeachment, but a legal challenge.
What we've seen clearly over the last five years is an effort to erode the power of the legislative branch," said Boehner. "I believe the president is not faithfully executing the laws of our country. And on behalf of the institution, and our Constitution, standing up and fighting for this is in the best long term interest of the Congress."
There's no word on when the legal action may be filed.
President Obama announced a "pen and phone" strategy in his second term to use his powers to work around what he views as a Congress that obstructs needed actions.