Webster Joins Colleagues to Preserve Separation of Powers
December 10, 2020
Webster joins 105 colleagues in filing amicus brief in Texas v. Pennsylvania, et al
Washington, DC – Today, Florida Congressman Daniel Webster, R-Clermont, released the following statement after joining 105 of his colleagues to file an amicus brief in Texas v. Pennsylvania, et al.
“Election integrity is a critical component of the American system. The U.S. Constitution gives State Legislatures the exclusive authority to determine the manner in which electors are appointed/chosen. State and federal law, not the media, set the timeline for certifying election results and the meeting of electors. When the role of the State Legislature to make laws is under attacked by the Executive Branch or activist state judges, the Legislature can and should appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court to defend its constitutional authority. In part, as a result of my advocacy in 2000 for Florida to act the Florida Legislature successfully appealed to SCOTUS in Bush v. Gore.
“Throughout my time in public service, I have advocated to preserve the Separation of Powers and for State Legislatures – and Congress – to defend, and when necessary, take back authority given them by the Constitution. I have urged leaders in WI, PA, AZ, and GA legislatures to petition the U.S. Supreme Court to defend their Article II, Section 1 authority in the U.S. Constitution. Today, I joined my colleagues in filing an amicus brief supporting the suit brought by the Texas Attorney General, Florida Attorney General and others.
“We are a nation of laws and order. We must ensure a constitutionally approved process was conducted and all valid claims are properly addressed. As I said last month, President Trump has the right to take legal action and request recounts to ensure every and only legally cast ballots are counted. Twenty years ago, the news media projected the wrong winner in Florida, and it was about a month before official results of the 2000 Presidential Election were known. Free and fair elections are the bedrock of our republic and it is always right to fight to uphold the constitution when a serious question arises.”