In a speech given to the Texas Public Policy Foundation on Friday, Abbott proposed nine new amendments to add to the U.S. Constitution. He’s calling it “The Texas Plan,” of course.
Abbott appears to be most upset about the Supreme Court’s 2015 decision to overturn gay marriage bans. He wants to require a supermajority of justices to overturn any law and to give states veto power over a Supreme Court decision. “The Supreme Court is a co-conspirator in the abandonment of the Constitution,” he said.
Here are the rest of them:
- Prohibit Congress from regulating activity that occurs wholly within one State.
- Require Congress to balance its budget.
- Prohibit administrative agencies—and the unelected bureaucrats that staff them—from creating federal law.
- Prohibit administrative agencies—and the unelected bureaucrats that staff them—from preempting state law.
- Allow a two-thirds majority of the States to override a U.S. Supreme Court decision.
- Require a seven-justice super-majority vote for U.S. Supreme Court decisions that invalidate a democratically enacted law.
- Restore the balance of power between the federal and state governments by limiting the former to the powers expressly delegated to it in the Constitution.
- Give state officials the power to sue in federal court when federal officials overstep their bounds.
- Allow a two-thirds majority of the States to override a federal law or regulation.