Interactive: Texas vs. the Federal Government

  • Updated July 17, 2013

Led by Attorney General Greg Abbott, Texas has fought the federal government for control over various issues, including environmental regulation and oversight of voting laws. This interactive highlights the 18 lawsuits that the state currently has pending against the federal government.

In June, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, impacting two of the state’s lawsuits against the federal government — regarding the state's voter ID law and adopting legislative and congressional redistricting maps without federal approval. The lawsuits are still pending with portions of each case still in litigation. A lawsuit challenging federal health officials who cut off funding for the Texas Women’s Health Program was voluntarily dismissed in January after the state relaunched the program solely with state funds. But Texas filed another suit against the federal government in February challenging the constitutionality of the Dodd-Frank Act.

The Environmental Protection Agency continues to be Texas’ most frequent opponent in legal battles under Abbott, with 14 active lawsuits. To simplify some overlapping arguments, the lawsuits against the EPA are grouped into five main issues for this interactive.

Flip through this interactive to see the nature of the fights and the arguments of Abbott and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

Skip to: Dodd-Frank Multi-State Challenge | The Contraception Rule | The Endangerment Finding | Greenhouse Gas Regulation | Call to Change Greenhouse Gas Rules | Federal Takeover of Greenhouse Gas Permitting | Cross-State Air Pollution Rule | Redistricting | Texas' Voter ID Law