Joe Biden’s attempt to push a partisan agenda by executive order has proven controversial, and there are already signs of resistance in some states.
Overreach of executive power?
Using his executive power, Biden has aggressively targeted jobs in the oil and gas industries while rolling back immigration enforcement and reversing a number of his predecessor’s policies on everything from the inclusion of transgender people in the military to America’s involvement in the Paris climate agreement, among other controversial moves.
Now, in conservative states like North and South Dakota, lawmakers are pushing back.
Republicans in the state Houses of both states have introduced two bills, House Bill 1164 and House Bill 1194, that would allow their respective attorneys general to review the constitutionality of Biden’s orders.
An excerpt from South Dakota’s bill reads that the state “may review any executive order issued by the President of the United States, if the order has not been affirmed by a vote of the Congress of the United States and signed into law, as prescribed by the Constitution of the United States.”
Both bills assert that no executive order that “restricts a person’s rights” will be tolerated, according to KELO.
Biden facing backlash
The bills also target any order that the attorney general determines to be unconstitutional pertaining to the pandemic as well as the regulation of natural resources including coal and oil, of agriculture, of the use of land, of the financial sector, and of the right to bear arms.
In North Dakota, where the energy sector is key to the economy, the state’s governor has also called for a review of Biden’s policies.
“The Biden Administration’s recent executive orders pose a serious threat to American energy security, our nation’s economic growth and the tens of thousands of North Dakotans whose livelihoods depend on the oil, gas, and coal industries,” Gov. Doug Burgum (R) said, according to the Williston Herald.
While Biden faces controversy over his executive decisions, he is also facing criticism for taking a partisan approach to legislation, with a $2 trillion coronavirus bill and a sweeping amnesty plan in the hopper.