Washington • House Republicans cleared the way Thursday for a House vote on legislation authorizing an election-year lawsuit that accuses President Barack Obama of failing to implement the 4-year-old health care law.
The vote in the Rules Committee was 7-4, with all Republicans in favor and all Democrats opposed.
Republicans say the lawsuit is necessary because Obama is exceeding his authority as president by failing to carry out legislation that Congress passed and he signed into law.
Democrats counter that the lawsuit is a political stunt designed to improve Republican chances in the November elections.
A vote on the measure is expected early next week in the House, shortly before a scheduled month-long vacation begins for lawmakers.