Ted Cruz takes on Obama for acting without Congress

BY newsdesk  January 28, 2014 at 9:08 PM EDT
Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal Tuesday, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, outlined his case against the Obama administration, criticizing the president for his use of executive authority over legislative action.

“The president’s taste for unilateral action to circumvent Congress should concern every citizen, regardless of party or ideology,” he wrote.


Mr. Cruz used his editorial as an opportunity to critique what he said was Mr. Obama’s use of “executive fiat” on issues from immigration laws to federal welfare.

“President Obama has openly defied it by repeatedly suspending, delaying and waiving portions of the laws he is charged to enforce,” he wrote.

“When Mr. Obama disagreed with federal immigration laws, he instructed the Justice Department to cease enforcing the laws. He did the same thing with federal welfare law, drug laws and the federal Defense of Marriage Act.”

In his State of the Union address Tuesday, President Barack Obama is expected to call for bold action on a series of issues including tax reform, immigration and gun control — through unilateral moves, if congressional compromise cannot be reached.

White House press secretary Jay Carney confirmed this strategy to the Associated Press, stating the president will work around Congress if necessary.

“The president sees this as a year of action to work with Congress where he can and to bypass Congress where necessary,” he said.

Cruz challenged this approach, saying if the president cannot achieve consensus in Congress, he should take his case directly to the American people.