At a Wednesday speech at a Federalist Society event in Washington, D.C., Vice President Mike Pence took aim at judicial activism and the practice of lower courts of unilaterally blocking laws and policies from taking effect.
The administration plans to fight this practice, Pence explained, by bringing the question of nationwide injunctions before the Supreme Court.
“The Supreme Court of the United States must clarify that district judges can decide no more than the cases before them,” said Pence. “And it’s imperative that we restore the historic tradition that district judges do not set policy for the whole nation. In the days ahead, our administration will seek opportunities to put this very question before the Supreme Court to ensure that decisions affecting every American are made either by those elected to represent the American people or by the highest court in the land.”
“The kind of government control that our Founders were concerned about is too often exerted by the administrative state in this country,” Pence explained. “And it’s been emerging in recent years in the federal judiciary in the form of nationwide injunctions.”