Obama Administration's Call for Greater Executive Power Rejected for the 12th time by the Supreme Court
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Worthy News)-- The White House suffered its twelfth unanimous defeat since 2012 when the Supreme Court ruled against the Obama administration saying it exceeded its authority in recess appointments, suggesting the High Court has "rejected the Obama Administration's calls for greater executive power," Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said.
"Today, a unanimous Court rightly rejected that presidential abuse of power. This marks the twelfth time since January 2012 that the Supreme Court has unanimously rejected the Obama Administration’s calls for greater federal executive power," Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said in a statement.
"The Obama Administration, through its Department of Justice, has repeatedly advocated a radical theory of sweeping federal power. The Administration’s view of federal power is so extreme that, since January 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court has unanimously rejected DOJ's arguments for more federal power nine times," Cruz wrote in April 2013.
Cruz continued, "If Obama’s Department of Justice were successful in its cases, the federal government would have the power to:
• Attach a GPS to a citizen’s vehicle to monitor his movements, without having any cause to believe that person 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 eliminate their ability to 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);
• Destroy private property without paying just compensation (Arkansas Fish & Game Commission v. United States);
• Impose double income taxation (PPL Corp. v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue);
• Limit a property owner’s constitutional defenses (Horne v. USDA); and
• Drastically expand federal criminal law (Sekhar v. United States).
The arguments advanced in these cases demonstrate an astonishing view of federal power on behalf of the Obama Administration, worthy of further examination.
Cruz concluded saying, "If the Department of Justice had won these cases, the federal government would be able to electronically track all of our movements, fine us without a fair hearing, dictate who churches choose as ministers, displace state laws based on the President’s whims, bring debilitating lawsuits against individuals based on events that occurred years ago, and destroy a person’s private property without just compensation."