Texas-led Lawsuits Expected to Hit the White House
Following President-elect, Joe Biden’s announced plans to roll back Trump administration policies in his first 100 days in office, a slew of Texas-led lawsuits are expected to hit the White House.
In the lead up to his inauguration, Biden has promised to roll back the Trump administration’s immigration crackdown, push policies addressing climate change and potentially forgive student debt for thousands of Americans. He vowed to implement a mask mandate for his first 100 days to combat COVID-19 and recently unveiled a $1.9 trillion economic rescue package. He has also hinted at longer-term plans for tax reform.
Biden’s plans have been met with significant resistance from Texas Republicans. “A new crop of Texas-led lawsuits awaits Joe Biden’s White House,” tweeted Greg Abbott on Saturday. “Texas will take action whenever the federal government encroaches on state’s rights or interferes with constitutional rights, or private property rights or the right to earn a living.”
Over recent months, Attorney General Ken Paxton has been a prominent figure in the Republican challenge of Biden’s victory. In December 2020 he spearheaded a failed lawsuit seeking to overturn Democrat victories in four battleground states. He is expected to remain committed to pushing back on federal laws and mandates championed by Democrats.
“On the eve of the election we were discussing internally, ‘Well, what would happen if Biden won?’ One thing everyone pretty much agreed on is our litigation center would probably increase in size significantly,” said Chuck DeVore, Vice President of National Initiatives at the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation. “We’re kind of excited about it.”
TPPF General Counsel Robert Henneke echoed DeVore’s tone. “Litigation challenging unconstitutional action from the Biden administration will be a central issue,” Henneke said. “Where the new administration seeks to go out of bounds of what powers have been delegated to it, or enacts policies and rules that aren’t supported by data and science, I expect that we’ll be chief among those challenging those types of policies.”
Texas is expected to challenge White House priorities regarding immigration, energy, and taxes. Future legal battles are expected to include: the Affordable Care Act; Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals; and immigration policies.