Image: The Biden administration wants to cede American sovereignty to the United Nations and other global governmental organizations. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and others are fighting them every step of the way.
The Golden Hammer Staff Reports
Austin and Fort Worth, January 20 – The State of Texas, through Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, and the State of Oklahoma are suing the United States Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) to remove an illegal regulation from federal law that cedes United States sovereignty to the World Health Organization (“WHO”).
Under federal law, HHS has certain police powers to respond to public health emergencies. The Obama-era rule at issue in the lawsuit, which the Obama administration finalized the day before former President Trump took office, grants the WHO the authority to determine and define what a “public health emergency” is for domestic purposes. President Biden was vice president in the Obama administration.
Late last year, the Biden Administration refused a petition from a group of states to eliminate a part of the federal code that delegates to the WHO the authority to invoke emergency health powers in the United States. Allowing decisions of the corrupt and inept WHO to bind the actions of the United States domestically is an unprecedented abdication of national sovereignty.
This ability arbitrarily to define when the federal government can exert authority over the United States represents a serious threat to our Constitutional order and system of federalism. The continued existence of this regulation is even more disconcerting when considering the WHO’s reliance and close ties to America’s geopolitical enemy, China, which was on full display during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Attorney General Paxton explained, “The Biden Administration’s defense of granting the WHO the authority to determine when the federal government ought to violate the rights of our citizens is alarming to say the least, and it must not be allowed to stand. Absolutely no foreign power should have the ability to exert police powers over Texas or any other state, and that is especially true for a foreign entity with as troubled of a history as the WHO.”
Texas and Oklahoma filed the lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Fort Worth Division. They are seeking declaratory and injunctive relief against HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra and his Director of Intergovernmental and External Affairs Marvin Figueroa.
Attorney General Paxton argues in the complaint that the HHS regulations are an unlawful delegation of United States authority to a foreign power without ratification of a treaty in accordance with the United States Constitution. He argues further that agencies “may not subdelegate to outside entities—private or sovereign—absent affirmative evidence of authority to do so” under the Constitution. The WHO is an outside entity.
The District Court has not yet set a trial date.