Gov. Greg Abbott Vows to Fight Biden for Showing ‘Extreme Hostility' to Texas
Governor calls Biden's actions a 'federal overreach'
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has called out Joe Biden's “federal overreach” on the energy sector and has directed state agencies to “identify” ways to combat his "hostility."
Abbott specifically targeted the White House’s approach to energy development and production in a state executive order.
The Texas governor said the Biden administration showed “extreme hostility toward the energy sector, and thus toward Texas.”
Abbott’s order stated:
"Every state agency to use all lawful powers and tools to challenge any federal action that threatens the continued strength, vitality and independence of the energy industry."
"Each state agency should work to identify potential litigation, notice-and-comment opportunities, and any other means of preventing federal overreach within the law.”
Biden's series of crippling executive actions targeted energy development on federal land and the XL Keystone pipeline, which is meant to carry crude oil from Canada to U.S. refineries.
The plans include a suspension of new drilling permits to oil companies on federal land indefinitely while the Department of the Interior conducts a review of oil development’s impact on climate change.
Biden's plan will have a massive impact on states such as New Mexico, where the federal government controls a third of the state.
Joe Biden's executive order to enforce a 100-day pause on deportations of illegal aliens was also blocked by Texas federal judge.
The moratorium is a key immigration priority of Biden's administration.
On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Drew Tipton issued a temporary restraining order sought by Texas.
On Friday, the state filed a lawsuit against a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) memo that instructed immigration agencies to pause most deportations.
I told @DHSgov and @JoeBiden last night to rescind its deportation freeze, which is unconstitutional, illegal, and bad for Texas and the nation.— Texas Attorney General (@TXAG) January 22, 2021
They didn’t budge.
So #Texas is bringing them to court. Here’s our lawsuit: https://t.co/oR2cfG85Bz
Joe Biden has signed a record of 40 executive orders since he took office just 9 days ago.
Even the New York Times has begged Biden to "ease up."
The Times wrote:
A polarized, narrowly divided Congress may offer Mr. Biden little choice but to employ executive actions or see his entire agenda held hostage. These directives, however, are a flawed substitute for legislation.They are intended to provide guidance to the government and need to work within the discretion granted the executive by existing law or the Constitution. They do not create new law — though executive orders carry the force of law — and they are not meant to serve as an end-run around the will of Congress. By design, such actions are more limited in what they can achieve than legislation, and presidents who overreach invite intervention by the courts.