Wichita Falls native and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today (Wednesday) criticized the so-called "fiscal cliff" bill passed by Congress yesterday as an example of federal government expansion. The top law enforcement officer of Texas further said he has had to file many lawsuits to prevent the increased powers of the federal government.
Abbott, who was born in Wichita Falls, Texas, said that, "Washington's refusal to use this opportunity to curb the expansion of government will undoubtedly add to my long list of litigation against the federal government."
The top law enforcement officer of the Lone Star State further said, "To date I have filed more than two dozen lawsuits designed to protect Teans from Washington overreach. While the federal government continues to grow, Texans can be sure that I will continue to fight them every step of the way."
He also predicted that the fiscal cliff "deal" will increase the federal deficit by $4 trillion over the next decade.
Abbott went on to say that the irresponsible spending in Washington would definitely impact Texas in a negative way.
He criticized Washington leaders for avoiding an opportunity to reduce spending, keep taxes low, and create an environment where the economy can grow. He also said they should have followed the Texas model of limited government.
Abbott also accused the "politicians in Washington of continuing to pass our problems along to future generations."
Abbott has been involved in frequent litigation against the federal government including court action attacking the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, also referred to as Obamacare. That case went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court which ruled it was constitutional based on the government's right to tax.
There has been speculation for awhile that Abbott will run for higher office including either governor or the U.S. Senate. If he wins election as a Senator, he will be in the middle of Washington and have a bigger say in the actions of that august body.
The so-called "fiscal cliff" bill passed by the Senate did not address the issue of either spending or the sequester. One of these days Abbott may be in Washington to use his influence in regard to those matters.
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