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Congress: Zeldin says he would vote for U.S. House to sue Obama

State Sen. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), the Republican candidate running against Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton), said he would have voted to authorize House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to sue President Barack Obama for overreaching.

But Zeldin is the only Republican congressional challenger on Long Island to say how he would have voted yesterday, when Republicans approved the authorization in a largely party-line 225-201 vote. Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) voted yes. All Democrats voted no. 

Neither Grant Lally, who is challenging Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) nor Bruce Blakeman, who is vying with Democrat Kathleen Rice for the seat being vacated by Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola), answered the question sent in emails yesterday and today.

The House will sue Obama for delaying for a year the implementation the employer mandate to provide health insurance to employees, required by the Affordable Care Act, or as it is commonly known, Obamacare - which Republicans have voted to repeal at least 50 times since it was passed in 2010. 

Zeldin sent along his reasoning in an email. It should be noted, though, that Democratic House members sued President Ronald Reagan at least three times over his presidential actions, and Republicans in the House and Senate tried but failed in 1998 to impeach President Bill Clinton. It also should be noted that Democrats accused President George W. Bush of overreaching his constitutional authority in his response to the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.

Here is what Zeldin sent: "Presidents Reagan and Clinton worked with Congressional leadership of the opposing party to move America forward. Welfare reform wouldn't have happened under President Clinton without working closely with Congress. President Obama on the other hand is all politics all of the time. His only version of compromise is getting things 100% his way. It's imperative that he stops legislating through Executive Order and starts working with Congress. I believe that you can be liberal, moderate or conservative and be reasonable and rational. When you have a balance of power, you have to be willing to sit down at a table to try to hammer out agreements that will move our nation forward. That necessary pursuit has essentially stopped under this President. There is plenty of blame to go around for the dysfunction in Washington, but violating the Constitution to pass legislation through Executive Order is unconstitutional and must be challenged. This President needs to focus more on striking intelligent compromises on important initiatives where common ground can be found. Republicans and Democrats in Congress must be willing to participate and I know House Republicans are ready and waiting."


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