The vote was 225-201 Wednesday, with every Democrat voting against the lawsuit. Five conservative Republicans who felt the suit didn’t go far enough and preferred impeachment also voted "no."
It's the first time either the House or the Senate has sought to challenge a president’s authority in the courts, says the Los Angeles Times.
The GOP says the president exceeded his authority in delaying a provision in the health care overhaul that requires most employers to provide insurance to their workers.
During the "impassioned" hour-long debate, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said:
“Are you willing to let any president choose what laws to execute and what laws to change? Are you willing to let anyone tear apart what our founders have built?”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., noted how she, after being elected speaker in 2007, faced enormous pressure to launch impeachment proceedings against President George W. Bush over the Iraq war.
Pelosi accused Boehner of caving in to “impeachment-hungry extremists.”
“Tell them impeachment is off the table," she said. "That’s what I had to do.”