The Hill

Byline: Christina Marcos

Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) has introduced legislation that would allow members of Congress to file a lawsuit against the president for ignoring laws.

Poe said the bill would reinforce the constitutional checks and balances.

"This legislation provides an avenue for members of Congress to hold the administration accountable by filing an action in federal court when it fails to enforce laws passed by the legislative branch," Poe said in a statement.

Poe argued it would help limit an administration he views as overstepping its bounds.

"This is an important tool to help Congress reign [sic] in the Imperial President," Poe said. 

House Republicans voted last year to sue President Obama for his use of executive power, particularly for delaying the healthcare law's employer mandate requiring businesses with 50 or more full-time workers to provide insurance coverage.