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How come nobody is attempting to sue John Boehner for his refusal

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How come nobody is attempting to sue John Boehner for his refusal to allow the House to vote on the "clean" resolution already passed by the Senate? By refusing to allow this vote, Boehner is violating democratic principles. Isn't it possible to sue him, to legally force him to take the bill for a vote? If not, why is it not possible?
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It is not possible to sue any of the congressmen over this, since there is a constitutional doctrine called "separation of powers" and the courts cannot hear matters involving a political question, which is what this is considered in addition to it being a separate power issue delegated to Congress. Thus, you could no more sue Boehner than you could sue Reid for rejecting the compromise proposed by the House. This is purely a political question solely in the constitutional power of congress and the courts are not allowed to get involved.

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