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End ObamaCare: Committed to Fighting and Repealing an Unconstitutional Tax
Democratic Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi infamously said about ObamaCare that, “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” Congresswoman Pelosi was right, and now Texas and the rest of America are beginning to see the consequences – from rising healthcare costs to businesses being forced to lay off employees.
Greg Abbott knew this was a bad law from the beginning. So on the day ObamaCare was signed into law, he filed a lawsuit challenging its constitutionality. The Supreme Court agreed with General Abbott that Congress illegally tried to seize the states’ Medicaid systems. Although, the Supreme Court upheld other onerous parts of ObamaCare, General Abbott has not given up the fight. He continues to challenge this unworkable law and the unprecedented tax it imposes on Americans.
Protect 2nd Amendment: Protecting your Constitutional Guarantee
Greg Abbott believes the right to keep and bear arms was settled in 1791 when the 2nd Amendment was adopted to the U.S. Constitution. On behalf of 31 states, Attorney General Abbott championed a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision (District of Columbia v. Heller) that struck down a handgun ban and protected an individual’s right to bear arms.
Greg Abbott continues to protect 2nd Amendment rights by preparing to challenge potential federal laws that limit gun rights. He was also one of the first Attorneys General in America to challenge the Obama Administration’s efforts to use the United Nations to regulate guns in the United States.
As an avid hunter and member of the Texas State Rifle Association and National Rifle Association, Greg Abbott will continue to fight any federal government overreach that aims to disrupt the 2nd Amendment rights of law-abiding Texans.
Defend Traditional Values: I Believe in Defending Traditional Values
Championing the conservative values and religious liberties that define Texans, Greg Abbott fights for the principles of faith, family and freedom to make Texas a better place to live and raise a family.
Greg Abbott successfully defended the constitutionality of the Ten Commandments on the Texas Capitol grounds all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. He also represented all 50 states in defending the words “One Nation, Under God” in our Pledge of Allegiance, and in defending prayer during the Presidential Inauguration ceremony.
Increase Transparency in Government
An open government is the bedrock of a free society. For decades, Texas has had some of the strongest open government laws in the nation – laws ensure that Texans can know what their government is doing and how their government makes the decisions that affect their lives.
A 2005 recipient of the James Madison Award for his unwavering commitment to open government, Greg Abbott has championed greater transparency throughout his administration. He has supported bills passed by the Texas Legislature to bring the Open Meetings Act into the 21st Century, to require public officials to undergo training in Texas’ open government laws and to open the investment of public funds to more scrutiny.
Additionally, Greg Abbott has pursued stricter oversight of public pension funds in order to protect retirees and taxpayers. He urged pension boards to prohibit fund trustees and managers from working for companies doing business with the boards, require registration of pension fund actuaries, and recommended pension boards to have at least one member with investment expertise. Greg Abbott believes that sound public pension funds are necessary in order to avoid taxpayer bailouts.
Rein in EPA
Safeguarding against the overreaching and unlawful regulations that the EPA has attempted to impose upon Texas, Greg Abbott has repeatedly defended Texas’ environmental protection laws against the federal government. Greg Abbott’s rejection of federal infringement on our sovereignty has saved Texas jobs, and his enforcement of environmental laws have helped keep Texas’ water pure, air clean, and surroundings safe for Texas families.
As Texas has proven in other lawsuits against the EPA, this is a runaway federal agency that must be reined in. The EPA’s job-killing regulations impose burdensome costs and economic hardships on employers in Texas and across the country, threatening the livelihoods of thousands of hard-working Americans.
In response to the EPA, the state of Texas has filed numerous legal actions challenging the EPA’s illegal regulatory scheme. Since March 2012 alone, federal courts have ruled against the EPA and in favor of Texas in three separate lawsuits.
Enact Strong Voter ID Laws
Voter fraud in Texas and throughout our country is real, and Greg Abbott believes that we need to enact strong Voter ID laws in Texas to prevent cheating at the ballot box and ensure integrity in the electoral system. While critics argue that Voter ID laws suppress votes, the U.S. Supreme Court has already approved Voter ID as a legal, nondiscriminatory response to voter fraud.
Voter ID laws do not prevent legal votes. Instead, they ensure legal votes are not discounted by illegal ones. Every state that has implemented Voter ID laws has seen an increase in minority voter participation and there’s no reason not to expect the same in Texas.
The Department of Justice was attempting to stop implementation of voter ID laws including the Texas law. General Abbott filed an amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court in the case of Shelby County, Alabama v. Eric Holder. Arguing that Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act is flawed and undermines the principle of sovereignty.
On June 25, 2013, the United States Supreme Court determined in the case of Shelby County, Alabama v. Eric Holder that Section 4, which subjected Texas to preclearance by the Justice Department, was unconstitutional. That very day, General Abbott announced that Texas would implement its duly passed Voter ID law.
Protect our Children
Our most precious Texans are also among the most vulnerable.
Greg Abbott has made protecting children and removing dangerous predators from our communities a top priority as Texas’ Attorney General.
He launched the Cyber Crimes and Fugitive units in 2003, directly resulting in the arrest of more than 4,454 fugitives, sex offenders, parole violators, and other felons.
In addition to fostering safety for our children in our communities and online, one of the most important responsibilities of the Attorney General is the collection of child support.
Child support directly benefits the children and saves Texas taxpayers money by avoiding additional state welfare costs. Under Greg Abbott’s watch, the Attorney General’s office has collected over $31 billion in child support for Texas children. In 2014, his office was recognized as the nation’s best child support program by the National Child Support Enforcement Association.
Safeguard Texas Consumers
Justice will be served to those who take advantage of Texas consumers.
From stopping malicious Internet scams to exposing deceptive trade practices and Medicaid fraud, under Greg Abbott’s watch, the Office of the Attorney General has litigated and enforced Texas statutes to protect Texas consumers.
During times of natural disaster, Greg Abbott worked aggressively to prevent disaster scams such as price gouging, deceptive door-to-door clean up and repair, and reprehensible fake charity solicitations.
One of the hallmarks of Greg Abbott’s tenure as Attorney General has been the stopping of fraudulent, deceptive, and illegal practices within the healthcare system.
He promoted fair competition by healthcare providers, ended deceptive marketing of unproven dietary supplements, and took action to end fraudulent health discount cards from being sold to Texans without health insurance.
Defend the 10th Amendment
Texas’ greatest freedom enumerated in our Constitution is the Tenth Amendment.
This country is seeing a federal government that aggressively intrudes into our personal lives, our businesses, and our bank accounts—completely disregarding the powers delegated to the states by the United States Constitution.
To combat an overreaching federal government, Greg Abbott has filed 29 lawsuits against the Obama Administration to protect Texas’ sovereignty.
From the EPA to ObamaCare, Greg Abbott has challenged every attempt by the federal government to erode our states’ rights. He has led Texas to resounding legal victories that shield our state laws and ensure that our Tenth Amendment rights are not infringed upon.
Greg Abbott will relentlessly continue to make sure that Texas’ constitutional rights are never held hostage by the federal government.
Stop Human Trafficking
Human life is not an asset. It’s not a commodity.
Life is a gift from God, and we must do everything we can to defend Texans’ most basic rights endowed by our Creator and guaranteed in the Constitution.
As chairman of the Texas Human Trafficking Prevention Task Force, Greg Abbott has worked closely with legislators, law enforcement authorities, and victim service providers to combat human trafficking across Texas. In 2013, Greg Abbott was honored to be the recipient of the New Friends New Life “Protect-Her Award.”
Working with the Texas legislature, Greg Abbott has fought to increase penalties for traffickers, enhance coordination within the law enforcement community, and improve victims’ access to important services.
Human trafficking is modern day slavery, and it a serious problem that afflicts not only Texas, but the rest of the nation. Greg Abbott will continue to crack down on this vile crime.