Sen. Ted Cruz Slams Obama Over Foiled Power Grabs

By:  Alex Newman
04/15/2013
       
Sen. Ted Cruz Slams Obama Over Foiled Power Grabs

Sen. Ted Cruz’s new report slams Obama's lawless attempts to expand executive power, citing six failed efforts since 2012 to increase federal authority.

Prominent U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) released a report documenting President Obama’s lawless attempts to expand executive power, citing six failed efforts since 2012 to increase federal authority that were rejected by the entire Supreme Court — even by his own big government-supporting nominees. Among the examples of executive-branch power grabs cited by the popular Republican Senator: tracking citizens using GPS without having probable cause, interfering with churches, depriving property owners of the ability to challenge federal abuses in court, seeking the authority to override state laws at will, and more.

The hard-hitting report, entitled “The Legal Limit: The Obama Administration’s Attempts to Expand Federal Power,” cites numerous cases to argue that the president’s lust for increased power knows essentially no limits. In fact, the administration’s lawlessness has become “so extreme” that Obama’s own picks for the Supreme Court — Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, both infamous for their devotion to broad federal authority — have ruled against him in half-a-dozen recent cases with serious ramifications.  

“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,” Sen. Cruz said in a statement, adding that the problem deserves further scrutiny. “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.”

If the Obama administration had been successful in the first of the six cases detailed in the report, United States v. Jones, the federal government would have been allowed to attach a GPS to a citizen’s vehicle and track his or her movements. According to the arguments advanced by the Department of Justice, the federal government and police should have the ability to monitor citizens even without having any cause to believe that the subject has committed or will perpetrate a crime.

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Photo of Senator Ted Cruz: AP Images

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