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House of Representatives Files Motion to Intervene in Texas v. U.S. Health Care Lawsuit

January 4, 2019

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives has filed a motion with federal district court seeking to intervene as a party in the Texas v. United States lawsuit, where a district court judge has issued a stayed ruling striking down the Affordable Care Act.  The House’s motion to intervene, filed late last night, was authorized as part of the opening day rules package.

“On Day One of the new Congress, the new Democratic House took action to protect people with pre-existing conditions and all Americans’ health care,” said Speaker Pelosi.  “The Affordable Care Act and all its life-saving protections are the law of the land.  While the Administration refuses to meet its responsibilities to defend the laws, the House of Representatives is acting to uphold the constitutionality of this law and protect the health care of every American.”

The motion makes clear that the House, as a co-equal branch of the Federal Government, has a unique institutional interest in defending a duly enacted Act of Congress where the Trump Administration refuses to defend the law of the land and seeks to strike down life-saving provisions of the law.

House General Counsel Douglas Letter is representing the House with the assistance of co-counsels Don Verrilli and Brianne Gorod.

The filing is available HERE.