Inclusive Democracy Caucus Statement on SCOTUS Rulings, Reflection on Independence Day

ST. PAUL, Minn. — On Friday, June 28th, in a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court of the United States overturned 40 years of precedent under Chevron doctrine – which held that courts should defer to agencies and subject matter experts when interpreting vagueness in statute – opening up the possibility of legal challenge to countless environmental, consumer, and labor protections. On Monday, July 1st, in another 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court claimed that the president has broad immunity from criminal prosecution – an unprecedented departure from the idea that no one is above the law in this country.

After these rulings of the Supreme Court, Co-Chairs of the Minnesota Legislature’s Inclusive Democracy Caucus, Senator Liz Boldon (DFL-Rochester), Representative Emma Greenman (DFL-Minneapolis) and Representative Cedrick Frazier (DFL-New Hope), released the following statement on behalf of the caucus:

“Today we celebrate the 248th anniversary of the grand experiment that gave birth to our nation, the ideal that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” These ideas were expressed as an outright emphatic rebuke of the tyrannical authoritarian rule of a monarch.”

“At each inflection point in our nation’s history, this experiment has survived due to the work, advocacy, and sacrifice from each successive generation. Our nation endured a civil war to defeat the great sin of slavery. The Civil Rights movement, and the subsequent passing of the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act, put us on a path representative of our multiracial electorate. At each moment, We the People have resisted a return to tyranny.”

“Now, we face another inflection point. The irony that the Supreme Court chose the week of July 4th – as we celebrate our independence from a monarchy – to bestow the American president with imperial powers, is not lost on us. The Court Majority, corrupted by MAGA ties and billionaire benefactors, took unprecedented leaps in its years-long project of insulating American rulers from the rule of law and the people they govern. This heightened threat to our democracy is not theoretical. The Court all but absolved the former president of accountability for his attempted coup to overthrow the 2020 election that he lost. They simultaneously appointed themselves regulators-in-chief, stripping government agencies of their power to protect the public from polluters, financial scammers, unsafe drugs, and exploitation of all kinds. It is brazenly seizing for itself the policymaking and regulatory powers constitutionally reserved for the two democratically-elected branches. This power grab comes at the expense of the American public and our representative democracy that generations of Americans have worked to build.”

“In the face of these harmful Supreme Court decisions and the rise of authoritarianism, it is vital to remember the power that We The People still possess in our democracy. We cannot succumb to cynicism and defeat as those who are intent on stripping away our rights would like us to. Exercising our agency is not just a right, but a responsibility, especially in dangerous times.”

“Despite the challenges before us, it’s important to focus on what is within our control – our actions, our voices, and our votes. In Minnesota, we remain deeply rooted in our values of fairness, community, and perseverance. Minnesotans look out for each other, and we will continue to do so. By standing together, working towards preserving justice and expanding our democracy, we have the power to shape the future and move us closer to truly living up to the promise of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all.”

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Assistant LeaderSenate District 25
Senator Liz Boldon represents Senate District 25 which includes Rochester and Oronoco. She is vice chair of the Housing and Homelessness Prevention Committee, and serves on the Education Policy Committee, Elections Committee, and Health and Human Services Committee.
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