Office of the Governor Rick Perry

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, June 18, 2009 • Executive Order
    RP70 - Relating to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and federal funding for Texas.
  • Tuesday, June 09, 2009 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry: Cap and Trade Could Severely Hurt Texas' Economy
    Gov. Rick Perry today stated his concern about the impact of proposed cap and trade legislation and possible regulation of CO2 by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Texas’ energy industry and economy. The governor hosted a roundtable discussion with state and industry leaders to discuss their concerns about the proposed regulations.
  • Sunday, May 17, 2009 • Austin, Texas • Editorial
    Reflections on a Raging Debate
    About a month ago, I stood with a bipartisan group of Texas legislators to speak in support of a resolution honoring the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The resolution simply restates the Constitution's principle of Federalism, that powers not granted to the national government nor prohibited to the states are reserved to the states or the people.
  • Thursday, April 09, 2009 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Backs Resolution Affirming Texas’ Sovereignty Under 10th Amendment

    Rep. Brandon Creighton, Sen. Robert Nichols, and Gov. Rick Perry back House Concurrent Resolution (HCR) 50 in support of states’ rights.
    AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today joined state Rep. Brandon Creighton and sponsors of House Concurrent Resolution (HCR) 50 in support of states’ rights under the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
  • Wednesday, March 25, 2009 • Press Release
    Gov. Perry: Texas Must Work to Decrease Employer Burden, Encourage Investment and Create Jobs
    LUBBOCK – Gov. Rick Perry today joined employers and employees at O’Hair Shutters, where he reiterated his decision not to implement an unprecedented expansion of the state’s unemployment insurance program as proposed in recent federal stimulus legislation. He also reaffirmed his call to continue fostering the state’s competitive economic climate through proven job creation programs, which are essential to helping Texas recover from the national economic downturn.