WASHINGTON, D.C., (Jan. 18, 2024) — Today, U.S. Representative Tim Burchett (TN-02) joined an amicus brief filed by House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (LA-01) and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) in the case Donald J. Trump v. Norma Anderson, et al.
In the case, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether it will overturn the decision by the Colorado Supreme Court to remove former President Donald Trump from the ballot. The amicus brief argues that the Colorado Supreme Court “tramples the prerogatives of members of Congress,” and “raced past numerous textual and structural limitations on Section 3.”
“If people want Trump on the ballot, let him be on the ballot,” said Rep. Burchett. “It should be up to the people, not a state Supreme Court to decide voters’ options in the election.”
Speaker of the House Mike Johnson (LA-04) and 134 other House Republicans and 41 other Senators also joined this amicus brief.
The text of the amicus brief can be found here.
NOTE: The above quote from the amicus brief refers to Section 3 of the 14th Amendment below, which was used in the Colorado Supreme Court’s decision to remove President Trump from the ballot:
“No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.”
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://burchett.house.gov/media/press-releases/rep-burchett-joins-amicus-brief-case-donald-j-trump-v-norma-anderson