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Harry Reid stands between ENFORCE the Law Act and Obama's veto pen

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Five Democrats joined House Republicans to pass a bill that would give Congress the power to sue if President Obama doesn't enforce the nation's laws as written.

The ENFORCE the Law Act, which passed Wednesday by a 233-181 vote, is aimed at Obama's expansive use of executive powers to pick and choose which laws to enforce and which laws he wants to modify.

If six Democrats vote with Senate Republicans, Obama might have to follow through on his threat to veto the bill, which the White House claimed "violates the separation of powers."

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., is unlikely to allow the bill to receive a vote, but House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, pushed for it anyway.

"The president doesn’t get to decide which laws he’s going to enforce any more than Americans get to decide which laws they’re going to follow," Boehner said. "The fact that the president would threaten to veto a measure requiring him to uphold his constitutional obligations underscores why this bill is needed, and why Senate Democrats should pass it immediately."

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