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.

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  • Jason412


    This is late, but I hadn't seen your reply until now.

    The difference is not the apology, it is this.

    Reagan asked for Congressional approval, was denied, and went ahead as if the ruling by Congress made no difference

    Obama just completely circumvented Congress.

    The end result is the same. And neither should be acceptable.

    And as I've said before, that half-assed apology doesn't cut it for me. Reagan did not take responsibility for his actions, he pushed all the blame onto those who served under him and then said "since they work for me, I'm responsible". He never took responsibility for the fact that he was directly responsible.

    Reagan going on TV and saying "America trading arms for hostages has no foundation" is akin to "You can keep your doctor!"

    From the Congressional Committee Investigation at the time

    “The President himself told the public that the U.S. Government had no connection to the Hasenfus airplane. He told the public that early reports of arms sales for hostages had ‘no foundation.’ He told the public that the United States had not traded arms for hostages. He told the public that the United States had not condoned the arms sales by Israel to Iran, when in fact he had approved them and signed a Finding, later destroyed by Poindexter, recording his approval. All of these statements by the President were wrong.”

    • Jason412


      I also have to ask, again, in 2016 if Obama goes on TV and says

      "A few years ago, I told the American people I had their best interests in mind. My heart and my best intentions still tell me that's true, but the facts and evidence show otherwise"

      Will you forgive all the mistakes of his Administration? Or would you label it a B.S. cop out?

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  • LDB

    Quit the grandstanding.

  • james tucci

    do we really know who Patrick Morrisey? he came from out of state and his background is very questionable. the press should look into his background and see what he is really about and I think most people would be disappointed. he ran in some very questionable people throughout his short unaccomplished career. I would encourage the press and hoppy to check the AG background.

    • Aaron

      Can you elaborate on the questionable people?

    • Pete

      Amen James! Amen.

    • Mitch

      @ james tucci,

      You DO realize all those same things are true about Barack Obama don't you?

  • Aaron

    I can't help but note that posters like Butch big Bob and Sarah continued to complain about wasted tax dollars yet they cannot demonstrate how tax dollars are being wasted. How much does it cost to file a case in federal court. Unless the AG hires outside firms how is he wasting tax dollars? I've yet to see one reasonable answer to that very simple question.

    • Big Bob-E

      Aaron...You have a boorish habit of answering questions with questions....but I will attempt to answer yours. It's a waste of money because "“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." If you haven't noticed lately lawsuits such as this are very ambiguous in nature and depending on which which district....hear's the case is determined simply by that courts politically biased interpretation. I would also add...cases involving constitutional restraints of Presidential power have little chance of succeeding based on the premise that although a President may exceeded his authority under the Constitution, the power of the President is not limited to those powers expressly granted in Article II of the Constitution...and I'm sure you will demand a specific case...the one that comes to mind involved President Truman seizing steel mills during a period of labor unrest...I don't remember it verbatim but I know it applies. (you can google it) So even if Morrisey is in the world would that benefit the average West Virginian? This is simply part of the GOP's plan to try and run the clock out on Obama care...which I might add I am no fan of myself. However. sadly it's the law and its not going me. Morrisey is just carrying water for his National political know...the one that bought him his current AG job. When I think Morrisey...I think about the poor sap in Putnam County who Morrisey accused of price gouging during the recent chemical spill...laughable at best!!

      • Aaron

        Nice partisan speech Bob but it doesn't explain how money is being wasted.

        Try again!!!

        • Big Bob-E

          Partisan speech Aaron? Can you even read? I win!!!

    • Mitch

      @ Aaron,

      That's just the Liberal's standard go-to deflection when their boy O'bama is under attack.

    • The bookman

      It is because it isn't an easy question to answer. Arguing against the merits of his suit requires that those against Morrisey's position invest the time necessary to see exactly what it is about. It is so much easier, and intellectually cheap, to dismiss his effort as wasteful of the taxpayers dollar. I challenge any of the detractors to follow the link and read the contents of the suit and argue that it does not have merit, and is not in the interest of WV or its citizens.

      You may not like his politics, or his stance on hot button issues, but I can't fathom not being impressed by his willingness to speak directly and put his seat at the table on the line for what he believes.

  • Betty DeHaven

    Go Patrick! I am so proud that you are stepping up to take action against Obama. He is destroying our country, and we need spokesmen like you to defend the people.

  • WV Man

    Good man, Morrisey. Phoney name emailers on here notwithstanding. Glad to see someone in this state standing up against Obama's steamrolling.

    • Chase

      This won't do one thing to Obama. It is a waste of time and WV tax dollars.

  • Wesley

    You know how I know this is a bad idea? The majority of the comments on THIS SITE are negative towards a republican.

    Morrisey is making a fatal political error. His advisers need a talking to.

    • Tom Z

      How about looking at this move less cynically and maybe consider it a courageous step to try to regain the "rule of law" in this country. It may also serve down the road as a meaningful precedent in support of states rights (remember the 10th amendment in the bill of rights??)

      • Max

        Say what? Courage is filing a lawsuit on the state's dime against a President that has 2 years left in office.

        Buddy, are you confused?

  • Tim

    Correct question: How will this expense help West Virginians have better lives?
    Incorrect questions: How can I harm the President?
    How can I advance my own political interests?
    I wonder what are Mr. Morrisey's priorities.
    Please keep your eye on WV, Mr. Attormey General, and stop tilting at windmills. That's what the federal governement does...

  • wv4evah

    A blatant political move, baseless. A waste of tax dollars.

    • Guardian

      So, I guess you felt the same way when various state attorneys general sued Obama's predecessor??????

      • Max

        I did then but could care less about those other states. This one is personal because it's MY tax money.

  • Barney

    Let me understand. The AG of West Virginia is suing Obama for not enforcing Obamacare as written? And not enforcing this hodgepodge of other laws and regulations as written?

    If I didn't know better, I would swear Mr. Morrisey liked these laws and regulations! He wants them enforced, doesn't he? If he wins the suit, does it mean Obamacare will be enforced as written? What's going on here?


  • Silas Lynch

    I searched; State Attorney General sues President Bush and the list was long.... So all you little partisan punk 8itches STFU and take your medicine. Like I told so many others while Bush was President, what goes around comes around so don't cry foul when the shoe is on the other foot.
    Now, join the minority of Americans that still support this train wreck of a President and keep your pie-hole SHUT!! You have proven yourself unworthy of having any political opinions.

    • Guardian

      Yes, there were multiple times that various state attorneys general sued Bush - yet not a peep out of people then. Let our AG sue the chosen one, and folks squeal like pigs.

      Here's another little democrat change that's going to come back and bite them big time - Harry Reid doing away the potential filibuster on presidential appointees in the US Senate. When the Senate changes hands - and when it does, it will not be a filibuster proof majority - then the democrats will be sorry that they can't filibuster to block some future president's appointee who they find odious.