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H.R. 77: Injunctive Authority Clarification Act of 2019

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Should a single judge at the lowest level of federal court be able to strike down a law applying to all 327 million Americans?


There are three levels of federal courts, where constitutional challenges to laws, executive orders, and agency regulations are considered. While few dispute the Supreme Court (the highest level) right to strike something down as unconstitutional, the surging practice of judges on district courts (the lowest level) doing the same is proving increasingly controversial.

Left-leaning judges have struck down a number of Trump Administration rules and executive orders, including a ban on travelers coming to America from seven countries, removal of federal money from sanctuary cities that refuse to cooperate with immigration enforcement, and a reinstatement of a ban on transgender service members in the military ...

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Andy Biggs

Sponsor. Representative for Arizona's 5th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jan 3, 2019
Length: 2 pages
Jan 3, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Introduced on Jan 3, 2019

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Jan 3, 2019

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