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Texas AG Sues To Stop $1.7 Trillion Bill Implementation On Constitutional “Quorum” Grounds

Texas AG Ken Paxton is at it again. He has brought a lawsuit against Joe Biden for signing the $1.7 trillion dollar boondoggle bill.

And guess what. He should win this one hands down. He is basing his lawsuit on the constitution that says a quorum must be present in order to pass any bill.

As you may recall, Pelosi allowed members to vote by proxy. However, the constitution makes no allowance for proxy voting.

Fox News reported:

The U.S. House of Representatives quickly approved a $1.7 trillion spending bill on Friday, funding the government until the end of next September in a win for President Biden and congressional Democrats.

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The House passed the more than 4,000-page spending measure mostly along party lines in a 225-201 vote that saw nine Republicans vote for the bill along with every Democrat except Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York. Another Democrat, Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, voted present.

The nine GOP votes supporting the bill included those of Never-Trump Republicans Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois. Also voting in favor were retiring Reps. John Katko and Chris Jacobs of New York, Rodney Davis of Illinois, Fred Upton of Michigan, and Jamie Hererra Butler of Washington. GOP Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania and Steve Womack of Arkansas were the only two lawmakers to vote in favor that were re-elected this year.

House lawmakers rushed the bill out the door as harsh winter weather threatened to delay their flights back home. After discussing the rule that set the terms of debate on the bill for a full hour, House members gave just a cursory, shortened debate on the bill itself before voting began.

Now, Paxton is trying to stop the implementation of the bill due to the fact there were less than 50% of the House members in actual attendance. Paxton said:

“Because the omnibus spending bill wasn’t passed when a quorum of the House was present, it was never lawfully enacted, is unconstitutional, and the federal government should be enjoined from implementing it.”

Press Release:

Attorney General Paxton is suing President Biden and members of his Administration over the unlawful signing and implementation of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023, which was the latest omnibus spending bill.

The U.S. Constitution requires that a quorum of members of the U.S. House of Representatives be present for the lower chamber of Congress to conduct business. When the House passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023 in December 2022, fewer than half of its members were present and more than half voted by proxy.

The U.S. Constitution empowers a quorum-less House only to “adjourn from day to day” or “compel the attendance of absent members.” Because “attendance” means physical presence, the U.S. Constitution does not allow voting by proxy to constitute a quorum. And because the omnibus spending bill wasn’t passed when a quorum of the House was present, it was never lawfully enacted, is unconstitutional, and the federal government should be enjoined from implementing it.

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8 Responses

  1. I telling you, the fcking DemoRats are satanic to their core.
    I hope Texas AG Ken Paxton wins his lawsuit.

  2. I doubt the courts will enjoin the government from passing a bill unconstitutionally. After all, that’s what they did with Obama Care.

    1. Or any gun “control” legislation either. All of the “laws” about guns are unconstitutional.

  3. I really doubt the corrupt courts will be doing anything to stop Democrats from breaking this law either! In 2020 the courts allowed all the cheating the Democrats did! Never once questioned a single crime! All the illegal drop boxes, Box stuffers, changing laws without the legislators even more votes than voters. I often wonder why we still call it a court! 60 corrupt judges made excuses for the people not to be able to check their vote! Hardly and court at all. Just another weaponized Democratic branch of government cheating the people! Like the FBI and Democratic congress. If it is heard in DC. I will be surprised if they don’t charge Texas. I wonder what they would do if the people just gave the corrupt courts the finger and ignored them?

  4. “Constitution, Shmonstitution”. Unfortunately our courts (and at least 4 SCOTUS justices) stopped caring about the Constitution years (maybe decades ago).

  5. repubs are the enemy they don’t ever vote for issues those who elect them want. They’ve received the last dime from me they will ever get. FUCK EVERYONE OF THEM!

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