U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz said Thursday that the Obama administration "knows virtually no bounds” in its push to continue to expand the role of federal government.
From interfering with a church's selection of its own ministers to attaching GPS’s to vehicles without having any cause, Cruz's report gives six examples in which the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously rejected the Obama administration's attempts to increase the power of the federal government.
Cruz, 47, has made a habit of making national headlines in his first four months in office and has gained the reputation as a stubborn, yet steadfast, Republican voice in the Democrat-controlled senate.
Democrats have characterized his style to McCarthyism. He voted against the Hurricane Sandy relief bill and has vigorously challenged the nomination of Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense.
Below are the six examples noted in the Cruz report in which the U.S. Supreme Court denied attempts by the Obama administration to expand federal government power.
• 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).
Cruz spoke about his outspoken role in the senate at an Austin Chamber of Commerce luncheon last week.
"Washington is a curious place," Cruz said, "They are very, very surprised when you go there and actually do what you said you were going to do."
A Tea Party favorite, Cruz's attacks on the role of federal government are lock and step with the conservative principles he's touted on the campaign trail.
Cruz said he was willing to work with the Obama administration on plans to reduce government spending and budget deficits and reform the federal tax code.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.