Texas is setting the record for lawsuits against the federal government, with 11 current lawsuits challenging actions taken by the Obama administration. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton joined The Glenn Beck Program on Tuesday, where he discussed Obama's executive mandate on transgender bathrooms in public schools.
"The president has to follow the law. He can't come in and change a statute," Paxton said. "These statutes that we're talking about that define sex under Title Nine and Title Seven were passed by Congress in the '60s and '70s. Congressmen have tried to make attempts at changing that. They've been unsuccessful. The president unilaterally comes in and changes the law. Our argument is really simple: He can't do that. There's no statutory authority. And he can't do that under the Constitution."
If trying to reign in the president legally sounds familiar, it's because it is.
"A lot of our lawsuits from Texas against the federal government are saying just that," Glenn said, referring to the issue of immigration as an example.
The same applies to the Texas lawsuit on health care and enforcing limits on the office of the president as outlined in the Constitution.
"We're not saying that this just applies to President Obama. We're worried about the precedent that he's setting," Paxton said. "So, yes, in immigration, you know, he came out after six years of saying that he didn't have the authority to change immigration law --- and he said it over 20 times --- and then he woke up one morning in November of 2014 and said, 'I'm changing the law.'"
A decision on the immigration lawsuit --- which went before the Supreme Court --- is expected by the end of this month.
So what happens if these lawsuits fail? According to Paxton, it paves the way for Congress to become less relevant.
"Going forward," Paxton said, "they get pushed to the side, and the president, whoever it will be, Republican or Democrat, whether you like their policies or hate their policies, can make up whatever law through whatever agency. And these agencies ultimately have the power to implement new law, without any representation, any vote of the people, other than the vote for president."
But take heart --- Paxton remains positive and hopeful about the outcome.
"You know, we're hopeful about this case. So we're still optimistic. We really are," Paxton said.
Listen below to learn more about all 11 lawsuits filed by the state of Texas and the common thread running through each one.
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Featured Image: A gender neutral sign is posted outside a bathrooms at Oval Park Grill on May 11, 2016 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Sara D. Davis/Getty Images)