Texas Governor Abbott called for a national convention to amend the U.S. Constitution to limit the U.S. Supreme Court’s reach and limit federal interference. The move could also help Texas Senator Ted Cruz in his 2016 presidential campaign.
The call comes after a series of federal moves impacting state governments including President Obama’s executive action on immigration and gun control; Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Healthcare Act (Obamacare) and same-sex marriage; and environmental regulations placed on states by federal agencies.
To hold such a national convention would be challenging. It requires state legislators in 34 states to approve convening the convention. If the convention is convened, any proposed amendments to the U.S. Constitution would then require 38 states to ratify the proposals.
The call from Texas Governor Abbott is only the latest from a series of calls from other governors who have also requested for such a convention. Republican leaders have called for amending the U.S. Constitution, but mostly for the purpose of addressing federal government spending.
Abbott proposes to restrict the U.S. Supreme Court from overturning legislation unless a 7-justice super majority is reached.
In addition, Abbott proposes allowing a U.S. Supreme Court ruling to be invalidated if 2/3 of states vote to do so.
He also calls for prohibiting federal regulations, U.S. Congressional legislation, and administrative agencies from interfering with state laws if 2/3 of the states agree against a proposed federal mandate.
Statement From Texas Governor Abbott:
An amendment to the U.S. Constitution could also put to rest the question of whether Texas Senator Ted Cruz can hold the Office of the President. Ted Cruz’s Harvard Constitutional law professor recently said that in order to not have “a cloud over the presidency” Ted Cruz would need a Supreme Court ruling or constitutional amendment.