The easiest way to email your members of CongressDonate Now
H.R.539 - We the People Act
To limit the jurisdiction of the Federal courts, and for other purposes.
Loading Bill Text
Rollover any line of text to comment and/or link to it.
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
(1) Article III, section 1 of the Constitution of the United States vests the judicial power of the United States in ‘one Supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as Congress may from time to time ordain and establish’.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) Article I, section 8 and article 3, section 1 of the Constitution of the United States give Congress the power to establish and limit the jurisdiction of the lower Federal courts.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(3) Article III, section 2 of the Constitution of the United States gives Congress the power to make ‘such exceptions, and under such regulations’ as Congress finds necessary to Supreme Court jurisdiction.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(4) Congress has the authority to make exceptions to Supreme Court jurisdiction in the form of general rules and based upon policy and constitutional reasons other than the outcomes of a particular line of cases. (See Federalist No. 81; United States v. Klein, 80 U.S. (13 Wall.) 128 (1872)).CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(5) Congress has constitutional authority to set broad limits on the jurisdiction of both the Supreme Court and the lower Federal courts in order to correct abuses of judicial power and continuing violations of the Constitution of the United States by Federal courts.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(7) Supreme Court and lower Federal court decisions striking down local laws on subjects such as religious liberty, sexual orientation, family relations, education, and abortion have wrested from State and local governments issues reserved to the States and the People by the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(8) The Supreme Court and lower Federal courts threaten the republican government of the individual States by replacing elected government with rule by unelected judges.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(9) Even supporters of liberalized abortion laws have admitted that the Supreme Court’s decisions overturning the abortion laws of all 50 States are constitutionally flawed (e.g. Ely, ‘The Wages of Crying Wolf: A Comment on Roe v. Wade’ 82 Yale L.J. 920 (1973)).CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(10) Several members of the Supreme Court have admitted that the Court’s Establishment Clause jurisdiction is indefensible (e.g. Zelamn v. Simmons-Harris, 536 U.S. 639, 688 (2002) (Souter, J., dissenting); Rosenberger v. Rector and Visitors of the Univ. of Va., 515 U.S. 819, 861 (1995) (Thomas, J., concurring); Lamb’s Chapel v. Center Moriches Union Free Sch. Dist., 508 U.S. 384, 399, (1993) (Scalia, J., concurring); and Committee for Public Ed. And Religious Liberty v. Regan, 444 U.S. 646, 671 (1980) (Stevens, J., dissenting)).CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(11) Congress has the responsibility to protect the republican governments of the States and has the power to limit the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court and the lower Federal courts over matters that are reserved to the States and to the People by the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 3. LIMITATION ON JURISDICTION.
SEC. 4. REGULATION OF APPELLATE JURISDICTION.
(1) are not prevented from determining the constitutionality of any Federal statute or administrative rule or procedure in considering any case arising under the Constitution of the United States; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) shall not issue any order, final judgment, or other ruling that appropriates or expends money, imposes taxes, or otherwise interferes with the legislative functions or administrative discretion of the several States and their subdivisions.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 5. JURISDICTIONAL CHALLENGES.
Any party or intervener in any matter before any Federal court, including the Supreme Court, may challenge the jurisdiction of the court under section 3 or 4 during any proceeding or appeal relating to that matter.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 6. MATERIAL BREACHES OF GOOD BEHAVIOR AND REMEDY.
A violation by a justice or a judge of any of the provisions of section 3 or 4 shall be an impeachable offense, and a material breach of good behavior subject to removal by the President of the United States according to rules and procedures established by the Congress.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink