Gop Senator Files Tenther Bill to Battle Federal Tyranny
December 6, 2010
(ChattahBox Political News)—Oh boy. We are still in the lame duck session and already wingnut Republicans eager to please the tea party with their anti-government radicalism, are pushing tenther states’ rights legislation. Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS), who was a House backbencher, before becoming a member of the Senate in 2007, by filling Trent Lott’s seat, wants states to have the right to file frivolous lawsuits, with the purpose of tying up proposed federal legislation in the court system, before it has a chance to become enacted. Of course, Wicker describes his tenther bill a bit differently, hailing it as protection from federal bureaucratic overreach.
Wicker envisions a flurry of federal lawsuits filed by various government officials and state attorneys generals, which would effectively bring federal legislation to a standstill.
Wicker told The Hill newspaper that his bill called the 10th Amendment Regulatory Reform Act, was drafted in response to healthcare reform. And he also plans to block proposed EPA regulations.
“The legislation, called the 10th Amendment Regulatory Reform Act, mirrors a bill introduced by Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) on March 25, two days after the president signed healthcare reform into law. It would allow designated state officials to file a legal brief challenging the constitutionality of proposed regulations during the time when they’re open for comment.”
“The head of the federal agency whose regulation is challenged would then have 15 days to certify that the regulation doesn’t violate the 10th Amendment. That certification, and a link to the state’s legal brief, would have to be displayed prominently on the agency’s primary webpage within 15 days.”
State officials filing lawsuits could convince judges to freeze legislation and the regulatory process, while tenthers drag on their frivolous cases.
“This would allow a challenge earlier, by governors, lieutenant governors, attorneys general or state legislative leaders, to go ahead and take the matter into federal court,” he said. “And it requires the agency to engage quickly in response.”
When the Republicans claim the majority in the House, together with more members in the Senate come January, get ready for a rash of wacky tea party bills, especially states’ rights measures.