CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state of West Virginia is now challenging how President Barack Obama does his job.
On Tuesday, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey filed a lawsuit — on the state’s behalf — in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The claim is President Obama has not enforced the law, as written, in the case of the Affordable Care Act along with regulations for immigration, the environment and mining. It cites numerous executive moves made without Congressional approval.
“This case involves core questions about the rule of law and the proper role of the President and the states in our system of government,” the lawsuit said. “The Constitution prohibits the President from picking and choosing the laws that he enforces based on political convenience.”
The full lawsuit is available here.
“This lawsuit simply asks the Court to require the Obama Administration to follow the laws and restore the Constitutional boundaries on Presidential authority,” Morrisey said in a statement issued Tuesday.
“Unfortunately, the President has shown time and again that he is willing to ignore or go around Congress to promote agenda and that can’t continue.”
There was no immediate response from the White House on the lawsuit.