Federal Judge: Pelosi Violated Constitution by Passing $1.7 Trillion Spending Bill in 2022

A federal judge has ruled that then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi violated the Constitution when she led the House of Representatives in passing a controversial $1.7 trillion spending bill in 2022.

U.S. District Court Judge James Wesley Hendrix ruled that Pelosi violated the Constitution by allowing members to vote without actually being at the Capitol for the session.

The session at which the budget was adopted took place on December 23, 2022, according to Reuters.

Despite major opposition, the budget passed 225-201.

At the time of the budget’s passing, CNBC referred to the action as “the final major achievement” of Pelosi’s term as speaker of the House.

At the time the budget was almost three months late.

Budgets are theoretically supposed to be in place by the October 1 start of the federal fiscal year.

However, they are rarely adopted on time.

This year, Congress has not yet approved a full budget almost five months into the federal fiscal year, for example.

Judge Hendrix, who was appointed by President Donald Trump, said he did not block the entire budget, which ran through Sept. 30, 2023.

Texas wanted to ultimately block two provisions but lost on one.

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Hendrix ruled Texas did not have standing to attack $20 million in the budget that funded services to illegal immigrants while they were undergoing immigration removal proceedings.

The judge agreed to the state’s request to block the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act from being enforced against Texas.

The bill was designed to give pregnant workers what it called reasonable accommodation.

As part of his ruling, Hendrix said the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission could not enforce the law against the state government of Texas.

“Congress acted egregiously by passing the largest spending bill in U.S. history with fewer than half the members of the House bothering to do their jobs, show up, and vote in person,” state Attorney General Ken Paxton said.

According to a news release from Paxton’s office, the Texas AG had “secured a major victory in defense of the United States Constitution.”

“Former Speaker Nancy Pelosi abused proxy voting under the pretext of COVID-19 to pass this law, then Biden signed it, knowing they violated the Constitution,” Paxton said.

“This was a stunning violation of the rule of law. I am relieved the Court upheld the Constitution.”

Proxy voting was a pandemic-era rule that was abolished in January 2023 when Republicans took control of the House.

In his 120-page opinion, Hendrix excoriated the proxy voting system.

“For over 235 years, Congress understood the Constitution’s Quorum Clause to require a majority of members of the House or Senate to be physically present to constitute the necessary quorum to pass legislation,” he wrote.

“This rule prevents a minority of members from passing legislation that affects the entire nation,” he wrote.

“But despite the Constitution’s text and centuries of consistent practice, the House in 2020 created a rule that permitted non-present members to be included in the quorum count and vote by proxy,” he wrote.

“Pursuant to that novel rule, the House passed a new law included within the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023, and that particular provision affects Texas.”

“Like many constitutional challenges, Texas asserts that this provision is unenforceable against it because Congress violated the Constitution in passing the law. …

“The Court concludes that, by including members who were indisputably absent in the quorum count, the Act at issue passed in violation of the Constitution’s Quorum Clause.”

“Based on the Quorum Clause’s text, original public meaning, and historical practice, the Court concludes that the Quorum Clause bars the creation of a quorum by including non-present members participating by proxy,” he continued.

“Supreme Court precedent has long held that the Quorum Clause requires presence, and the Clause’s text distinguishes those absent members from the quorum and provides a mechanism for obtaining a physical quorum by compelling absent members to attend,” he wrote.

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