Attorney General Ken Paxton Files Lawsuit Against Biden Regime Over Its $1.7 Trillion Spending Bill

In the middle of February, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit against the regime of President Joe Biden over a gargantuan $1.7 trillion spending bill. 

Emily Wilkerson of Texas Scorecard noted that the US Constitution mandates a quorum of members of the United States House of Representatives be in attendance for the chamber of Congress to carry out its everyday operations. That said, only 201 members of the House were present in the House’s chamber when the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023 was voted on in December 2022.

The Consolidated Appropriations Act allocated $20 million to a pilot program for the Department of Homeland Security’s “Alternatives to Detention Program,” which would let illegal aliens loose who would otherwise be detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers.

Per the lawsuit, the program has put Texas taxpayers on the hook for millions of dollars annually to provide healthcare to illegal aliens. Paxton cited how Texas spent $80 million in emergency Medicaid funding in 2019. 

Furthermore, the lawsuit called attention to the $176 million Texas taxpayers were compelled to pay in order to provide education to illegal aliens in government schools during the 2020-21 school year.

The House passed a revised version of the bill by a vote margin of 225-201. That said, there were only 88 yea and 113 nay votes in person, with many House members on both sides of the political aisle voting by proxy.

Former US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi established proxy voting, which allowed House members to vote without having to be on the House floor in 2020 as a response to the Wuhan virus pandemic. Following Republicans take over of the US House in early January, they scrapped the voting practice.

Paxton contends that due to how there was no quorum when the act was passed, it was never constitutionally enacted, thereby making it illegal and void.

“Nowhere does the U.S. Constitution authorize the House to pass trillion-dollar bills when more than half the members are in their homes, vacationing, or are anywhere physically other than the United States Capitol Building,” declared Paxton.

“Our Founders would be turning over in their graves if they could see how former Speaker Nancy Pelosi used proxy voting to upend our constitutional system. That is especially true regarding the 1.7 trillion-dollar bill that should have never been ‘passed.’ Joe Biden, who’s been in Washington for half a century, should have known he couldn’t legally sign it either. But he never seems to let the law get in the way of him doing whatever he wants to do.”

The case was filed in a US District Court in Lubbock and is part of a growing Republican pushback against the Biden regime’s unconstitutional acts. Lawsuits are good and all, but there needs to be more legislation with teeth such as nullification and other measures that ignore and/or don’t comply with the federal government’s unconstitutional acts. The days of debating to change people’s minds are over. Now is the time to legislate. 

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