Sen. Ted Cruz lauds Supreme Court's decision to overturn Chevron ruling

The U.S. Senator from Texas claims the ruling will help dismantle the administrative state.

Sen. Ted Cruz lauds Supreme Court's decision to overturn Chevron ruling
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Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has praised the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision to overturn the 1984 Chevron v. Natural Resources Defense Council ruling, arguing that it will play a crucial role in dismantling the administrative state. Cruz shared his thoughts on the latest episode of his "Verdict" podcast, co-hosted by Ben Ferguson.

The Supreme Court's 6-3 vote to overturn the Chevron decision effectively ends the doctrine of "Chevron Deference," which required courts to defer to federal agencies' interpretations of ambiguous statutes, provided those interpretations were deemed reasonable. Cruz explained that this doctrine had granted substantial power to unelected bureaucrats, leading to the expansion of the administrative state.

"What it did is it gave enormous powers to un-elected bureaucrats," Cruz stated, adding that the rise of the administrative state and the issuance of costly and harmful rules by unelected officials could be directly traced to the Chevron Doctrine.

The senator emphasized that the court's recent ruling shifts policy-making power back to elected members of Congress, who are accountable to voters. "The result today is there is more power in the elected members of Congress. And the reason that matters because where power resides, you want it to reside where there's accountability," Cruz said.

Cruz also critiqued the reaction of Democrats and the media to the ruling, suggesting they were "horrified" by a decision that he believes protects the Constitution and promotes democracy. He argued that despite rhetoric about defending democracy, these groups prefer decisions to be made by unelected judges and bureaucrats, whom he characterizes as "overwhelmingly left-wing and disconnected from the harms that their rules and regulations are causing."

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