Five House Republicans defected from their ranks on the Wednesday vote to authorize the party's lawsuit against President Obama.
Reps. Paul BrounPaul BrounCalifornia lawmaker's chief of staff resigns after indictment Republican candidates run against ghost of John Boehner The Trail 2016: Let’s have another debate! MORE (Ga.), Scott GarrettScott GarrettThe Trail 2016: Candidate tug-of-war Dem group slams NJ Republican for 'hateful agenda' Divided GOP to powwow on budget MORE (N.J.), Walter Jones (N.C.), Thomas Massie (Ky.) and Steve StockmanSteve StockmanCruz will skip State of the Union Ethics: Lawmakers didn’t ‘knowingly’ break rules with Azerbaijan gifts Lawmakers deny knowledge of secret funding for 2013 trip MORE (Texas) all voted against the resolution authorizing the GOP lawsuit against the president for his use of executive power.
A Broun spokeswoman said he voted against the bill because he didn't think it would truly help limit President Obama's executive power.
"Dr. Broun believes that this legislation – while well-intentioned – is doomed for death in the Senate. As a result, he would rather see House leadership work towards practical solutions which would shrink the size and scope of government and cut wasteful federal spending when it comes to stopping the president’s gross overreach of executive power," Broun spokeswoman Christine Hardman said.
Spokespeople for Garrett and Massie did not respond to requests for comment.
No Democrats voted for the resolution. A handful of vulnerable Democrats typically break with their party on major issues, such as holding former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress. But House Democrats held the party line this time.