What A Difference A Year Makes

In the two years that my term as Texas Attorney General overlapped with the Obama presidency, I sued his Administration 22 times to uphold the Constitution and the rule of law, preserve states’ rights, and stop it from bypassing Congress. The White House orchestrated these end-runs to hijack the legislative process and force ideological agendas on the nation. Six of Texas’ lawsuits reached the U.S. Supreme Court. State legal challenges against the federal government are nothing new, but Texas has enjoyed success by constructing the template for multi-state coalitions of attorneys general to sue and overturn federal policies that overstepped executive authority, such as: The U.S. Department of Labor’s illegal overtime and persuader rules, which threatened state and local governments, as well as businesses, with higher operating costs; The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Regional Haze rule, which would have cost the states $2 billion and…

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