From the Federalist Papers on the powers of the Constitution…
There is no position which depends on clearer principles than that every act of a delegated authority, contrary to the tenor of the commission under which it is exercised, is void. No legislative act, therefore, contrary to the Constitution, can be valid. To deny this would be to affirm that the deputy is greater than his principal; that the servant is above his master; that the representatives of the people are superior to the people
themselves; that men acting by virtue of powers may do not only what their powers do not authorize, but what they forbid.
-Hamilton, Number 78