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Supreme Court Deals Blow To The ‘Tea Party Constitution’

Washington, DC – On news this morning that the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in Bond v. United States, Constitutional Accountability Center Chief Counsel Elizabeth Wydra released the following reaction:


“The Court today refused to accept the invitation of conservatives, including tea party U.S. Senator Ted Cruz and Justice Scalia himself, to gut the constitutional power that gives the federal government authority to enact appropriate legislation to implement validly enacted treaties.


“While CAC took no position on Carol Anne Bond’s fate, it is gratifying that Justices across the ideological spectrum ignored Justice Scalia’s blatant eagerness to overrule precedent, and instead left intact the longstanding framework for the exercise of congressional power under the Constitution’s Necessary and Proper Clause.”






CAC’s “friend of the court” brief in Bond v. United States: 


“Fist-Fighting in Antarctica: Bond v. US and Debates Over Federal Power in the Wilds of Conservative Constitutionalism,” Elizabeth B. Wydra, November 5, 2013:


“Constitutional Law as Soap Opera: Bond v. United States,” Tom Donnelly, November 4, 2013: 


“Big Battles Brewing Over the Constitution’s Original Meaning,” Doug Kendall and Tom Donnelly, October 2, 2013: 


“Antonin Scalia — The Tea Party’s Court Justice,” David H. Gans, November 16, 2010: 




Constitutional Accountability Center ( is a think tank, public interest law firm, and action center dedicated to fulfilling the progressive promise of the Constitution’s text and history.



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