Dr. Charles Franklin, a professor of law and political science at the Marquette University Law School, said the proposed lawsuit makes for "good politics" on both sides of the political aisle.
"For Republican members of Congress, it's a way of showing they're taking action against Obama," Franklin said. "For Democrats, it's an argument saying 'look at what these Republicans are doing. Democrats really need to turn out this fall.'"
Franklin said most presidents have historically used executive powers to influence pieces of legislation. He said that traditionally came through what are called "signing statements." Franklin said each signing statement is submitted along with a specific, signed bill detailing how a president interprets that specific piece of legislation.