Black Introduces Bill in Congress Mandating U.S. Courts Follow U.S. Law

Press Release from Congresswoman Diane Black, R-Tennessee, July 15, 2015:

Rep. Black Introduces Legislation to Prevent Use of Foreign Law in Federal Courts

Jul 15, 2015 Issues: Defense and National Security

Washington, DC– Today Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) introduced H.R. 3052, legislation to safeguard the integrity of our Constitution and U.S. laws by affirming that federal courts must follow and uphold our laws rather than deferring to those of foreign nations. The legislation follows a February 2015 report from the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service (CRS) which found that “In recent years, foreign or international legal sources have increasingly been cited by the Supreme Court when considering matters of U.S. law.”

Black released the following statement:

The Constitution laid the foundation for our nation’s judicial system, and allowing foreign law to supersede it in any capacity leads to its erosion,” said Congressman Diane Black. “With increased radicalization both at home and abroad, and startling reports of Islamic Sharia tribunals here in the United States, it is incumbent on Congress to take action to ensure that no outside law – secular or religious – can usurp the United States Constitution. Already today, Sharia law encompasses most of Africa, the Middle East, and parts of Southeast Asia. We must ensure our judicial system is protected from an ideology that has no place within civilized society.

H.R. 3052 Bill Text