Meadows, Cotton introduce bill to prevent district judges from blocking federal policy changes

Rep. Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsThe Hill Interview: Sanford says Trump GOP doing 'serious brand destruction' GOP signals unease with Barr's gun plan GOP struggles with retirement wave MORE (R-N.C.) and Sen. Tom CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonZuckerberg woos Washington critics during visit Zuckerberg to meet with lawmakers to discuss 'future internet regulation' 2020 Democrats raise alarm about China's intellectual property theft MORE (R-Ark.) on Wednesday introduced legislation that would prevent district judges from placing nationwide injunctions on federal policy changes. 

The two Republicans, both close allies of President TrumpDonald John TrumpMarine unit in Florida reportedly pushing to hold annual ball at Trump property Giuliani clashes with CNN's Cuomo, calls him a 'sellout' and the 'enemy' Giuliani says 'of course' he asked Ukraine to look into Biden seconds after denying it MORE, noted the bill follows a decision from a federal judge in California Monday that reinstated a ban on implementing a new policy that would curtail migrants’ ability to apply for asylum at the southern border. An appeals court on Wednesday narrowed that injunction to just Arizona and California, the two border states within its jurisdiction, allowing the administration to apply the rule in New Mexico and Texas.

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“Our laws need to be vigorously vetted through the courts, but it makes zero sense for the legality of a nationwide law to rest entirely on the opinion of one judge, or one district court,” said Meadows. “Current law inadvertently empowers detrimental judicial activism, and it needs to change. This is a common-sense reform that returns our system of checks and balances where it was intended to be.” 

“Policy decisions ought to be made by elected representatives accountable to the American people, not activist judges with lifetime appointments. In the past few years, we’ve seen an explosion of activist forum shopping and nationwide injunctions to thwart the administration’s priorities and grind government to a halt,” added Cotton.

Trump and his allies on Capitol Hill have railed against a series of court rulings that have blocked White House policies, largely related to immigration, saying “activist” judges appointed by Democrats are impeding the White House’s constitutional powers. 

“Another activist Obama appointed judge has just ruled against us on a section of the Southern Wall that is already under construction. This is a ruling against Border Security and in favor of crime, drugs and human trafficking. We are asking for an expedited appeal!” the president tweeted in May after a judge partially blocked construction of a border wall

Issues surrounding federal courts have long animated Republicans, and Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPatagonia says to shut stores for a few hours during Global Climate Strike Overnight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Pelosi unveils signature plan to lower drug prices | Trump says it's 'great to see' plan | Progressives pushing for changes On The Money: House votes to avert shutdown, fund government through November | Judge blocks California law requiring Trump tax returns | Senate panel approves three spending bills MORE (R-Ky.) have undertaken a campaign to confirm a record number of federal judges to remake the judicial branch in a conservative image.