(SNews) – Attorney General Paxton is suing President Biden and members of his Administration over the unlawful signing and implementation of the omnibus spending bill, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023.
Attorney General Ken Paxton said: “In a stunning violation of the Constitution, the U.S. House passed the $1.7 trillion omnibus bill without a quorum present. I am suing the Biden Admin to end the implementation of this bill because it was never lawfully enacted and is unconstitutional.
“Nowhere does the U.S. Constitution authorize the House to pass trillion-dollar bills when more than half the members are in their homes, vacationing, or are anywhere physically other than the United States Capitol Building,”
“Our Founders would be turning over in their graves if they could see how former Speaker Nancy Pelosi used proxy voting to upend our constitutional system.
In a stunning violation of the Constitution, the U.S. House passed the $1.7 trillion omnibus bill without a quorum present. I am suing the Biden Admin to end the implementation of this bill because it was never lawfully enacted and is unconstitutional.https://t.co/Us65kM7eh1
— Texas Attorney General (@TXAG) February 15, 2023
“That is especially true regarding the 1.7 trillion-dollar bill that should have never been ‘passed.’
“Joe Biden, who’s been in Washington for half a century, should have known he couldn’t legally sign it either.
“But he never seems to let the law get in the way of him doing whatever he wants to do.”
The AG issued a statement that said:
“The U.S. Constitution requires that a quorum of members of the U.S. House of Representatives be present for the lower chamber of Congress to conduct business.
“When the House passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023 in December 2022, fewer than half of its members were present and more than half voted by proxy.
“The U.S. Constitution empowers a quorum-less House only to “adjourn from day to day” or “compel the attendance of absent members.”
“Because “attendance” means physical presence, the U.S. Constitution does not allow voting by proxy to constitute a quorum.
“And because the omnibus spending bill wasn’t passed when a quorum of the House was present, it was never lawfully enacted, is unconstitutional, and the federal government should be enjoined from implementing it,” the statement said.