Republican states have declared war on President Joe Biden’s agenda less than three months after his inauguration, suing the administration on climate change, oil, immigration, gun control, tax reform, among others.
However, the conservative attorneys general who first filed the litigation in March said they are not finished yet and intend gearing up to file a slew of court challenges against the White House to oppose many of Biden’s executive orders, reports The Daily Caller.
“We are sharpening the pencils and filling up the inkwells,” Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry told the Daily Caller. He is currently leading two of the lawsuits against the Biden administration, believing that there would be “plenty of legal action and success in court against the president and his administration.”
Biden has released a record number of executive orders since taking office. According to the Daily Caller, Biden has signed 38 executive orders, relative to previous Presidents Donald Trump, Barack Obama, and George W. Bush, who signed 23, 18, and 8 orders respectively during their first 11 weeks in office.
”When you step in on day one and start issuing edicts, and executive orders like King George, a lot of other conservative Republicans and I are going to start having problems,” Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen said in an interview.
Knudsen said that, in a gridlocked Congress, Republican attorneys general believe the states are the only line of defense for constitutional rights. He said he would keep focusing his attention on Biden’s dependence on executive orders, which the president has used to push forward many important policy initiatives.
“State attorneys general are coming into their own and realizing they can be an effective pushback against an overreaching executive,” he added.
On March 8, Montana’s top prosecutor joined a lawsuit filed in February by Arizona to halt President Biden’s new immigration policies.
On March 17, Knudsen led 21 attorneys general in suing the White House over Biden’s decision to revoke the Keystone Pipeline XL permit, with Texas and Montana taking the lead.
West Virginia reportedly also led a group of 13 states challenging the Treasury Department over an American Rescue Plan provision prohibiting states from cutting taxes after accepting coronavirus relief funds. But Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen told the states in a letter on March 24 that nothing in the package prevents them from “enacting a broad variety of tax cuts.” Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr said the response from Yellen “signals that our coalition was right to fight this unprecedented attempt at federal takeover of state policy.” The office of Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich indicated it would get the courts involved.
On March 24, a group of 13 states led by Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry filed a lawsuit. Wyoming filed a lawsuit, which petitions the court to overturn President Biden’s executive order banning new oil and gas leases on federal lands and his orders that have allegedly contributed to immigration authorities releasing criminal illegal immigrants into the United States.
West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey told the Daily Caller that “the Biden administration has already gone much further than Barack Obama. The Obama administration would sometimes pause on various topics and really be very sensitive to the public relations appearance.”
“Biden is going a lot further across the board,” he added.
According to The Institute for Policy Integrity, these initiatives are similar to the legal threats brought against President Trump’s actions by Democratic attorneys general who also filed hundreds of cases against the government, with about 80% of them succeeding.
As the tables have turned for the present, these Republican politicians seem to be serious about their work. If Democrats assume their president will carry out his policies by executive orders, they might have another think coming.