by Ted Cruz
The Heritage Foundation
March 14, 2014
Heritage Lecture
American sovereignty and the structural constraints present in the Constitution that protect our liberty are both implicated in Bond v. United States, a case before the Supreme Court this term. The Court will consider whether the Treaty Clause can be used to circumvent the structural limits on the power of the federal government. The Treaty Clause is not a trump card that may be used to bypass constitutional restrictions. Just as no treaty could give away the core constitutional responsibility of our federal courts, no treaty may expand the powers of the federal government beyond its constitutional limits. It is important that the Supreme Court uphold the structural limitations on federal power with an eye toward the Tenth Amendment, our federalist system, and protecting United States sovereignty.

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