While the official GOP response to the State of the Union might have struck a warmer tone , President Barack Obama's call for action isn't going over so well with some other Republicans, who want to sue the president.
Just minutes after the president's address, conservative lawmakers trashed the speech as an end run around Congress.
"The president renewed his commitment that he is going to be King Obama," Rep. Michele Bachmann said. The Minnesota Republican said the president had called on Congress to make this a "year of action."
"And if we don't, he'll act on his own," Bachmann continued. "This is something that's really frightening to the American people. The president refuses to faithfully execute the laws of the United States." Bachmann said Obama was "eviscerating the Constitution," and she said Republicans had introduced a bill "that only has to pass the House of Representatives, whereby we could file a lawsuit against the President of the United States for establishing lawlessness in the United States."
"The president needs to realize we're serious about this," Bachmann said, "and we have the power and the ability to do it. We've been fed up with the president acting on his own, and we intend to advance this legislation."
The chairman of the Republican Study Committee, Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., said his group has been looking into "a lot of things that can be done, including a lot of the legal actions."
Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, said efforts to sue the president are already under way. "Some of it is already happening and more of it will happen," King said.
"He has already crossed that line multiple times, and he just promised to cross it more times," King said in response to the speech.
Still, many conservatives expected this message from the president — and they were ready for it.
Rep. Louie Gohmert said nothing surprised him about the speech.
The Texas Republican wore a Santa Claus tie to the speech because he said Obama was much like Santa Claus.
"Only difference is, he has the children pay for the parents' gifts," Gohmert said.