Republican attorneys general are taking the Trump administration to court.
But it turns out, this is perfectly okay with President Donald Trump.
“Sometimes it turns out the best way to help President Trump,” Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley told Fox News, “is to sue President Trump,”
The state attorneys general are using the lawsuits to block federal regulations enacted under former President Obama but now in effect under Trump.
In Hawley’s home state, for example, an amendment to the Endangered Species Act implemented under Obama allows the federal government to designate certain habitat areas to stimulate a particular type of fish. But landowners complain expanding ecosystems under the amendment is intrusive.
“This is the key part,” Hawley explained. “We are an agricultural state. That would mean farmers and ranchers could find themselves unable to farm their land, unable to develop their land.”
Hawley added that it’s “absolutely a killer for small businesses and small farms in our state.”
Republican AG’s are suing to reverse the rule and filing other lawsuits at the same time, challenging Obama administration regulations like the Waters of the United States regulatory plan, the Clean Power Plan and overtime rules enacted by the Obama Department of Labor.
The lawsuits are welcome news to conservative actor James Woods, who tweeted his approval.
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) March 4, 2017
Patrick Morrisey, West Virginia’s Republican attorney general, is one of 18 Republican AG’s along with Hawley filing the suits.
“In West Virginia, we suffered acutely because thousands upon thousands of people were put out of work. A number of those people left the state or are pursuing other employment,” Morrisey said.
Democratic attorneys general are not idle, however, as they rally with lawsuits to maintain Obama’s climate change regulations and attack Trump’s travel ban.
Suing the administration to overturn federal regulations is not only acceptable, but apparently a more expeditious route to effecting change than using the internal federal rule-making process, which is burdensome and slow. Republican and Democrat AG’s prefer the suits as the facts are usually already known, testimony is typically limited, and action is quicker by judges.
An added benefit, according to the GOP attorneys, is that the lawsuits put the power back in the hands of state governments and not in Washington, D.C.
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