Texas vs. the Feds: A Look at the Lawsuits

Posted by Becca Aaronson - The Texas Tribune, Nina Satija, Ryan McCrimmon on

Texas' Republican leaders have not been shy in citing the state's lawsuits against the Obama administration — 34 in total — as a point of pride.

Most of the lawsuits were filed by former attorney general and now-Gov. Greg Abbott. His successor, Ken Paxton, has mounted three legal challenges since taking office in January, and more could come. 

The attorney general’s office has provided cost estimates for 31 of the cases against the Obama administration, which as of July totaled about $4.8 million.

So what did Texans get for their money?

Based on court rulings, Texas has definitively won six of those cases. In 10 cases, the courts ruled against the state. Eleven cases are still pending, and the AG's office withdrew the remaining seven.

In July, the AG's office also reported spending just over $24,000 on a lawsuit that hasn't technically begun over the Clean Power Plan, a major new climate change initiative from Obama. In May, Paxton announced he would sue over that plan once it's finalized, which is expected to happen this summer. 

Use the menu below to select and view Texas’ lawsuits against the federal government by category. We’ll tell you what the face-off is about, the total cost to the state and the standing of each lawsuit.

Sophia Bollag contributed to this report.

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