Federalism and COVID-19 Recovery: Illegal Agreements Among the States?

I’m no constitutional expert but Article 1, Section 10 of the U.S. Constitution states:

3: No State shall, without the Consent of Congress, lay any Duty of Tonnage, keep Troops, or Ships of War in time of Peace, enter into any Agreement or Compact with another State, or with a foreign Power, or engage in War, unless actually invaded, or in such imminent Danger as will not admit of delay.

Yet, governors on the West Coast, East Coast and Midwest are saying they’re working together to coordinate the reopening of their states. It sure seems like this may be dancing around with this part of the constitution. What are these governors colluding on? And why? Are they colluding on how to soak the federal government for money related to the outbreak to try to repair the disastrous economies from before the outbreak?

Freedom of religion. Freedom of Assembly. Right to bear arms. All sorts of rights and constitutional principles are under assault at this time, why not one more? A few state’s legislatures are starting to get into the act but we’ve got a situation now where we have pretty much one branch of government in the both the states and the nation. Save us! Save us! We’ll do anything you say!

Interesting times.


Richard J. Wright, a chemist and information technology specialist, has been tracking the official COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) data and assessing our government’s disease progression modeling, plus responses, at virtualwright.com.

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