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Rep. Kristi Noem supports lawsuit against President Obama

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The house will adjourn today for five weeks but not before passing a measure to sue President Obama.

Wednesday, House Republicans approved the plan to file a lawsuit against the President for how he's carried out his signature legislation, the Affordable Care Act.

Republicans said President Obama has violated the constitution by enforcing some elements of the health care law but not others.  Democrats were unanimous in their opposition, and five Republicans joined them.

A federal judge will decide if the house actually has standing to sue the President.

We reached out to South Dakota's congressional representative Kristi Noem to get her thoughts on the vote.

Noem, a Republican, has said she's against impeachment but stands by this lawsuit.

The congresswoman, like other House Republicans believes the President has overstepped his bounds, particularly in regards to the individual mandate that's part of the Affordable Care Act.

Noem says she swore an oath to preserve, protect and defend the constitution.

She said the President also took that oath, and that this lawsuit is one of the constitutional tools that the house is entitled to use to hold the President accountable.

"When you see the president unilaterally circumventing the laws that this country has established, even his own laws that he proposed, it is time for the judicial system to weigh in and to give us a decision on what it is that needs to be determined in these kind of conflicts between the executive and administrative branch," Noem said.

"We've attempted through many means to uphold the will of the American people. We've passed dozens of bills, the Senate has ignored them. We believe we have the responsibilty to defend the rights and responsibilities of the American people. All this lawsuit is intended to do is to compel the president to follow his oath of office, to execute the laws of our country, and there is legal basis to do this," Noem added.

Noem believes if the Commander-in-Chief is not following the law, it's important to take the president to court because she said we can't have a lawless country.

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