The House of Representatives will not spend more than $350,000 to sue President Barack Obama, according to a contract released Monday by a congressional committee, Politico reported.
BakerHostetler's David Rivkin will represent the House as it seeks to show that Obama has misused executive authority. The contract expires in January 2015 and the House is paying $500 per hour.
The House voted along party lines to sue Obama, principally for delaying Obamacare's mandate that companies provide health care for their employees. Republicans say Obama delayed the provision - and essentially changed the law - without consulting Congress.
Democrats have said the suit is a waste of taxpayers' money and is the first step in impeaching Obama. Republicans have repeatedly said they don't plan to impeach Obama.
"Rather than work with Democrats to jumpstart the middle class, House Republicans continue to waste time and taxpayer-dollars on a lawsuit against the President of the United States," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California said in a statement. "We finally know that Republicans have handed a $500-an-hour, no-bid contract to a Washington law firm for a lawsuit that lays the groundwork for impeachment and rallies the most extreme elements of the Republican Party."
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