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Governor's Initiatives - 10th Amendment

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States are best positioned to deal with state issues, a fact the founding fathers had in mind when they included the 10th Amendment in the Bill of Rights.  Over the years, that right has been clouded by ongoing federal encroachments that are reflected in a recent series of attempts by Washington to seize even more control over numerous Texas programs, including some of the most successful initiatives of their kinds in the country.

Action Items

» EPA
Texas is a national leader in reducing emissions and known pollutants, and advancing renewable energy sources all while remaining a leader in the nation's energy production. We have successfully balanced the need for environmental improvements with fostering economic growth, new investment, and job creation. Texas continues to advance new, clean energy technology by using market incentives and stable regulation, not costly mandates and taxes.

The Obama administration has taken yet another step in its campaign to harm our economy and impose federal control over Texas. With their efforts to take control of a permitting process that the Clean Air Act allows to be delegated to the states, the EPA is on the verge of killing thousands of Texas jobs and derailing a program that has effectively cleaned Texas' air. An increasingly activist EPA is ignoring the progress Texas has made to clean its air over the last decade, and should instead look to our state's successful approach to issues concerning energy and the environment.

» National Health Care Reform
Texas has consistently been at the forefront in innovative efforts to control medical costs, utilizing market-based solutions to improve the quality of treatments and widen access to care for all Texans. Governor Perry has called for a rejection of federal mandates, and instead promoted state-based solutions, such as Texas' successful reform of the medical liability tort system in 2003. Reform has brought critically-needed doctors back to traditionally-underserved portions of Texas, many in specialties – such as obstetrics – that had been largely chased out of the state by out-of-control trial lawyers. Governor Perry has also championed programs to increase the number of nurses in the state and led the effort to invest millions of dollars in biotechnology and the health care of tomorrow, leveraging the Emerging Technology Fund to help get new technology, treatments and cures to market more quickly. Through common sense laws and the spirit of innovation, Texas is well-positioned for the future of health care.

» Women's Health Program
The Texas Women's Health Program provides preventative health care to more than 100,000 Texas women, including screenings for breast and cervical cancer, diabetes and hypertension, among other services. First implemented in 2007, the program is being phased out by the Obama Administration.

Under federal law, state leaders are left to administer the program and set criteria for who is considered a qualified provider. Consistent with state and federal law, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission has developed the program to ensure continued access to care by qualified providers across Texas.

The Obama Administration rejected the state's waiver application because Texas law excludes abortion providers and their affiliates, like Planned Parenthood, from a list of qualified providers. This is despite the fact Planned Parenthood represents less than 2 percent of enrolled providers statewide.

Following the administration’s decision, Gov. Perry directed Health and Human Services Commissioner Kyle Janek to establish TWHP to continue providing the services WHP provided, until the decision is reversed by Congress or the courts.

News & Announcements

  • Thursday, August 30, 2012 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Gov. Perry on Court’s Decision to Deny Texas Voter ID Law
    Federal judges subverted the will of the people of Texas and undermined our effort to ensure fair and accurate elections. The Obama Administration's claim that it's a burden to present a photo ID to vote simply defies common sense.
  • Friday, August 24, 2012 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Asks Obama Administration to Waive Renewable Fuel Standard
    Gov. Rick Perry today asked the Obama Administration to waive the mandated Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for 2012 and 2013. In a letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson, the governor added Texas to the list of states and leaders supporting the national Petition for Waiver or Partial Waiver of Applicable Volume of Renewable Fuel because of the mandate’s adverse impact on Texas.
  • Tuesday, August 21, 2012 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Gov. Perry on the 5th Circuit’s Decision to Vacate Preliminary Injunction Regarding Women’s Health Program
    Today’s ruling affirms that Texas’ Women’s Health Program has no obligation to fund organizations that promote abortion – including Planned Parenthood. The 5th Circuit’s decision is a win for Texas women, our rule of law and our state’s priority to protect life. We will continue to work with Attorney General Abbott in the fight to defend our state laws. Texas will continue providing important health services for women through this program in spite of the Obama Administration’s disregard for our state law and unilateral decision to defund this program.
  • Tuesday, August 21, 2012 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Gov. Perry on Cross-State Air Pollution Rule
    Today's court decision is further proof of an out-of-control and out-of-line EPA. On the heels of our recent flexible air permitting program victory, today's ruling further dismantles the misguided agenda of President Obama's activist, overreaching EPA that has no regard for the impact of its imprudent policies on states' economies or Americans' checkbooks.
  • Monday, August 13, 2012 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Gov. Perry on Court Ruling Regarding Texas’ Flexible Permitting Program
    This decision is a big win for jobs and a big win for Texas. Our state has demonstrated you can cultivate jobs while cleaning the air, and this finding affirms that states have the right to develop permitting processes that balance the priorities of protecting the environment and allowing our industries to thrive.