President Obama has “flouted the constitutional limits on the authority of the President” more than any other President before him, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) said at a recent Heritage event.
“Prior to this presidency, the way you had reasonable modifications of federal law is you went to Congress, you introduced legislation, you worked with elected representatives of both parties, you passed a change in the law, and you sign it into law,” Cruz said. “That’s the way the constitutional system worked.”
But as Cruz sees it, that is not how Obama operates.
“As you know, the President has picked and chosen which laws to enforce and which laws not to enforce,” Cruz said.
Cruz noted Obama’s own words when he said in the State of the Union he wouldn’t wait for Congress to act. Earlier this year, Obama told lawmakers, “If Congress won’t act soon to protect future generations, I will.”
One recent example Cruz cited was the President’s decision to delay Obamacare’s employer mandate by one year. Originally slated to go into effect on January 1, Obama chose to delay it until January 1, 2015. The individual mandate is still set to go into effect on January 1, 2014.
“If you look at Obamacare, the pattern on Obamacare has been really stunning,” Cruz said. “We all know that big business has gotten a one-year delay on Obamacare. Why? Because the President decreed it to be so.”
Cruz continued, “Anytime that you see too much power arrogated in the President, it undermines the liberties of everyone.”
Cruz spoke at Heritage’s Preserve the Constitution series. The event runs about 90 minutes; Cruz spoke for the first 45 minutes, including a question-and-answer session with the audience.