Ted Cruz on Executive Power and United States v. Bond

October 31st, 2013

When not reading Green Eggs and Ham, my Junior Senator is keeping up to date with the Supreme Court, and in particular the scope of the President’s executive authority under the treaty power. At Heritage, Cruz appeared alongside Nick Rosenkranz, whose theories on Missouri v. Holland have teed up the Supreme Court potentially reversing that (wrong) case.

HuffPo has some of Cruz’s comments.

“No matter what you think of the president, the president does not have the authority to inflict and make laws off the books, on whim and judgement,” he said. “Whether you like it or not, it is unequivocal that the president of the United States doesn’t have the authority under our constitutional system to simply decree it by will.

Cruz also turned to the fact that it was only Republicans, led by Rand Paul, that opposed the President’s unwillingness to answer whether he would use his authority to kill an American citizen in America with a drone.

“I would note one of the things it’s disturbed — the almost total absence of Democrats speaking out at the abuse of executive power by the Obama administration,” he said. “I spoke out very loudly when it was a Republican administration abusing its power.”

“I thought it was striking when Rand Paul did his filibuster on drone policy, that only one Democrat showed up on the floor to support us, that was Ron Wyden. The other 53 Democrats, apparently had no concern that the administration used drones to target U.S. citizens,” Cruz continued.