A collection of state attorneys general sent a letter on Wednesday, Jan. 27, to the White House addressed to President Joe Biden, notifying him of their views on possible acts of abuse of power in his more than 20 executive orders. The attorneys general warned that they will not hesitate to use the necessary legal tools to intervene should the abuses continue.
The letter, which was signed by six attorneys general, respectfully warns the Biden administration that any action that may exceed its legal authority, is inconsistent with constitutional principles, or jeopardizes civil liberties will trigger legal action by the states.
In addition they also offered to meet and work together, informing that litigation would not be their first option.
Attorneys general reach out to Biden administration
“We stand ready to meet with your administration to discuss more how the issues below affect our States; litigation is never first option, and we would like to help your team in its important job on behalf of all Americans, consistent with the Constitution and the rule of law,” West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, who leads the group, wrote in the letter to the White House.
Despite how cordial the letter was, the attorneys general were decisive with their words and warned, “Yet if you sign unconstitutional laws passed by Congress, it will be our responsibility and duty to challenge those laws in court. If Cabinet officials, executive officers, and agencies go beyond the bounds of their statutory authority, fail to follow legally required procedures, or fall short of the bedrock Administrative Procedure Act obligation of reasoned decision making, it will likewise be our responsibility to take action.”
Morrisey, was joined by the attorneys general of Arkansas, Indiana, Mississippi, Montana, and Texas.
Overturning the Trump administration
The letter was sent after Biden issued 22 executive orders in just 10 days, a record number in that amount of time. Most of the orders were to overturn policies that the Trump administration had developed after four years of intense work. While the rest aimed to establish or expand existing policies regarding climate change, racial equity, gender, and policies to address the effects of the CCP Virus.
Some of these orders had an immediate impact and also drew heavy criticism from Republicans as well as several Democrats.
The Paris agreement
Among the actions generated from the executive orders is the return to the Paris Agreement as part of the measures for climate change, the president also decided to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline, a mega investment planned by former President Trump, aimed at providing more than 50,000 jobs while it helped America gain energy independence.
The gender issue
Another of the key points of the orders issued concerns gender issues. Among the new regulations imposed, the Biden administration was criticized for adopting a Marxist-type racial theory in its policies, seeking to prioritize certain racial groups that have supposedly suffered disadvantages in history over others, as is the case of transsexuals and blacks, granting advantages in various aspects that could ultimately generate a new inequality.
“The President cannot cut constitutional corners or shirk statutory strictures without inevitably doing more harm to our country than good,” the attorneys general wrote. “The foundations of our republic and American life are embedded within our Constitution’s carefully crafted design.”
“Accordingly, today by this letter we respectfully urge you when pursuing your policy priorities to honor the core constitutional tenets, which should be appreciated and respected by every person entrusted with the honor and burdens of the presidency,” the attorneys general letter to Biden ended.