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TRUMP JUDGES BLOCK BIDEN POLICIES

by The Chicago Times Staff

June 26, 2021

WASHINGTON — In the early months of the new administration, judges chosen by former President Trump have hampered President Biden’s initiatives on numerous fronts.

There are still many court cases pending against past Biden programs — and the president’s judgments could be overturned by higher courts.  Trump-appointed judges, on the other hand, have ruled against him on issues including as immigration, COVID relief, the environment, and more.

Recently, Trump-appointed Judge Terry Doughty of the Western District of Louisiana issued a countrywide injunction against the Biden administration’s “hold” on new oil and gas leases, claiming that the president lack the authority to override laws mandating the government to sell those leases.

In another case, Amul Thapar, a former Trump Supreme Court nominee, obtained an injunction against a part of the coronavirus stimulus law that used race and gender to determine which restaurant owners were eligible for government assistance.

Not only have Trump-appointed judges slapped down Biden initiatives in court, but non-Trump-appointed judges have also ruled against the regime.  Judge William Griesbach, a George W. Bush appointee, is one of them, having blocked the coronavirus relief bill’s loan forgiveness for minority farmers earlier this month.  According to Greisbach, “. . . Congress can implement race-neutral programs to help farmers and ranchers in need of financial assistance…but it cannot discriminate on the basis of race.”

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