U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz released a report Tuesday outlining six cases of attempted abuse of federal power by the Obama administration in the last 15 months.
In the report, “The Legal Limit: The Obama Administration’s Attempts to Expand Federal Power,” Cruz documents six times the “U.S. Supreme Court has unanimously rejected DOJ’s arguments for more federal power” since January 2012.
In a press release on his website, Cruz noted:
When President Obama’s own Supreme Court nominees join their colleagues in unanimously rejecting his Administration’s call for broader federal power six times in just over one year, the inescapable conclusion is that the Obama Administration’s view of federal power knows virtually no bounds. This is a deeply troubling pattern that we will continue to highlight as long as this Administration continues seeking ways to expand its power in direct violation of Americans’ constitutional rights.
Cruz’s report summarized the six Supreme Court cases, saying “[if] Obama’s Department of Justice been successful in its cases, the federal government would have the power to:”
Attach GPSs to a citizen’s vehicle to monitor his movements, without having any cause to believe that a person has committed a crime (United States v. Jones);
Deprive landowners of the right to challenge potential government fines as high as $75,000 per day and take away their ability have a hearing to challenge those fines (Sackett v. EPA);
Interfere with a church’s selection of its own ministers. (Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church & School v. EEOC);
Override state law whenever the President desires. (Arizona v. United States);
Dramatically extend statutes of limitations to impose penalties for acts committed decades ago. (Gabelli v. SEC); and
Destroy private property without paying just compensation. (Arkansas Fish & Game Commission v. United States).
“Luckily, we don not have to live in that America,” Cruz said. “The framers of our Constitution created the separation of powers to ensure that judicial power checks executive power.