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Meadows, Cotton introduce bill to prevent district judges from blocking federal policy changes

Rep. Mark Meadows
Mark Randall MeadowsThe Hills Morning Report - Trump ousts Bolton; GOP exhales after win in NC Meadows to be replaced by Biggs as Freedom Caucus leader Trump allies call on Cummings to schedule hearing over Comey report MORE (R-N.C.) and Sen. Tom Cotton
Thomas (Tom) Bryant CottonGOP senator defends Trump idea to buy Greenland GOP senator says he suggested Greenland purchase to Trump, met with Danish ambassador Its time to empower military families with education freedom MORE (R-Ark.

) on Wednesday introduced legislation that would prevent district judges from placing nationwide injunctions on federal policy changes. The two Republicans, both close allies of President Trump
Donald John TrumpOnly Congress can end the China trade war quagmire Trump blasts Bolton: He made some very big mistakes Trump seeks ban on flavored e-cigarettes MORE, noted the bill follows a decision from a federal judge in California Monday that reinstated a ban on implementing a new policy that would curtail migrants’ ability to apply for asylum at the southern border.

An appeals court on Wednesday narrowed that injunction to just Arizona and California, the two border states within its jurisdiction, allowing the administration to apply the rule in New Mexico and Texas.ADVERTISEMENT“Our laws need to be vigorously vetted through the courts, but it makes zero sense for the legality of a nationwide law to rest entirely on the opinion of one judge, or one district court,” said Meadows.

“Current law inadvertently empowers detrimental judicial activism, and it needs to change. This is a common-sense reform that returns our system of checks and balances where it was intended to be.” “Policy decisions ought to be made by elected representatives accountable to the American people, not activist judges with lifetime appointments.

In the past few years, we’ve seen an explosion of activist forum shopping and nationwide injunctions to thwart the administration’s priorities and grind government to a halt,” added Cotton.Trump and his allies on Capitol Hill have railed against a series of court rulings that have blocked White House policies, largely related to immigration, saying “activist” judges appointed by Democrats are impeding the White House’s constitutional powers.

 “Another activist Obama appointed judge has just ruled against us on a section of the Southern Wall that is already under construction. This is a ruling against Border Security and in favor of crime, drugs and human trafficking. We are asking for an expedited appeal!” the president tweeted in May after a judge partially blocked construction of a border wall.

 Another activist Obama appointed judge has just ruled against us on a section of the Southern Wall that is already under construction. This is a ruling against Border Security and in favor of crime, drugs and human trafficking. We are asking for an expedited appeal!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 25, 2019Issues surrounding federal.

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