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Jul 30, 12:41 PM EDT

Obama chides House GOP for pursuing lawsuit


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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- President Barack Obama says the House GOP's vote to file a lawsuit against him is taking away from time they could be spending on issues that are important to the American people.

Obama is calling the lawsuit accusing him of exceeding his powers in enforcing his health care law a "political stunt." He says the only reason he's taking action on his own is because Congress isn't doing anything to help him.

A party-line vote on pursuing the lawsuit is expected when the House takes up the measure Wednesday afternoon.

Obama took a sharply partisan tone in his remarks ahead of the vote, saying Republicans should "stop just hating all the time". He says he knows they're not happy that he's president, but says they only have a few years left until they "can be mad at the next president."

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

President Barack Obama is prodding Congress to close corporate tax loopholes and take other action before going on summer break this week instead of trying to sue him.

House Republicans are poised to vote to authorize a lawsuit against the president for overstepping his constitutional authority. The White House is calling it a "stunt" and says Obama plans to address it in a speech Wednesday at Kansas City's historic Uptown Theater.

The White House says he will argue that lawmakers instead should take actions like closing tax loopholes that encourage corporations to move operations overseas. Obama says the "tax inversions" are wrong even if they're legal.

Obama went out for barbecue Tuesday night with four Kansas City residents to highlight the struggles of working Americans.

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