By Peter Schroeder - 01/13/14 07:28 AM EST
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) contends the Obama administration has been "lawless" in a host of recent actions.
In an interview with Fox News on Sunday, the outspoken conservative said the president's decisions to delay portions of the healthcare reform law and install contested nominees amount to a flagrant disregard for the law and longstanding tradition.
Cruz's remarks came as the Supreme Court prepares to hear a case Monday challenging a trio of contentious recess appointments the president made to the National Labor Relations Board. Lower courts have deemed them unconstitutional, and Senate Republicans have asked the high court to overturn them.
The recess appointments have been challenged because Obama became the first president to install nominees without a confirmation vote when the Senate was holding brief "pro forma" sessions explicitly intended to block recess appointments.