The Biden agenda continued its string of legal defeats on Friday afternoon as a federal judge slapped down the administration’s attempt to block states from making their own tax cuts. The Biden administration’s unconstitutional policy was part of the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package.
“U.S. District Judge Douglas Cole issued the permanent injunction requested by Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost, a Republican who argued the administration was trying to impose a ‘tax mandate’ on states,’ the Washington Times reported.
“The Biden administration reached too far, seized too much and got its hand slapped,” Yost said. “This is a monumental win for the preservation of the U.S. Constitution — the separation of powers is real, and it exists for a reason.”
“The judge ruled on Thursday that the tax mandate ‘falls short of the clarity’ that Supreme Court precedent requires for the Constitution’s spending clause covering grants to states,” the report continued. “He disagreed with Ms. Yellen’s argument that Treasury regulations clarified the question.”
“The Tax Mandate exceeds Congress’s power under the Constitution,” Judge Cole wrote.
On Thursday, the Supreme Court handed down two opinions this week that struck two blows to the Biden agenda. One decision struck down a California law that non-profit groups must disclose funders to law enforcement and another defeated an effort to prevent election integrity laws from being passed in Arizona and other states.
President Joe Biden was apoplectic about the Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision to uphold Arizona’s voting law, which enacted such measures as banning ballot harvesting.
“I am deeply disappointed in today’s decision by the United States Supreme Court that undercuts the Voting Rights Act,” Biden said. “In a span of just eight years, the Court has now done severe damage to two of the most important provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 – a law that took years of struggle and strife to secure.”
Speaker Nancy Pelosi blasted both decisions, including the Americans for Prosperity decision that prevented California from uncovering the group’s funders since it ‘chilled free speech.’
“The decision in Americans for Prosperity further harms our democracy by allowing the suffocation of the airwaves caused by big dark special interest money,” Pelosi said. “This torrent of dark money silences the voices of voters and prevents passage of commonsense, bipartisan and popular legislation – from gun violence prevention to climate action to LGBTQ equality. It is fundamentally anti-democratic, and it cannot go unanswered.”
The SCOTUS decision on the Arizona law was especially damaging given the significant amount of effort expended to prevent election integrity laws from being passed on the invalid grounds that they are ‘racially discriminatory.’ Biden had likened such laws to Jim Crow 2.0. The Supreme Court, obviously, disagrees.
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