Chad’s Morning Brief: Senator Ted Cruz Pushes A Different Spending Bill and Other Top Stories
While Speaker John Boehner may have given up, Ted Cruz is still fighting amnesty. Here is your Morning Brief for December 4, 2014
Ted Cruz Pushes Spending Bill
According to POLITICO, Senator Ted Cruz and other conservatives in the House and Senate are fighting back against a spending bill that allows funding for President Obama's amnesty.
Ted Cruz won’t be satisfied by any spending legislation this month that doesn’t zero out funding for President Barack Obama’s immigration policies.
On Wednesday morning, the Texas GOP senator joined conservative colleagues in the House and Senate who began railing on Tuesday against House Speaker John Boehner’s plans to pass an omnibus spending through September, revisit Homeland Security funding early next year and pass a proposal disapproving of Obama’s immigration policy — which the Democrat-controlled Senate will not take up.
In a statement, the potential presidential contender again urged the Senate to block consideration of Obama’s nominees to positions not related to national security — and Cruz demanded both chambers to take a harder line against Obama than proposed by GOP leaders.
“Both Houses should use the power of the purse, which the framers understood to be the most potent tool Congress has to rein in an out-of-control executive,” Cruz said in a statement. “We should pass a short-term continuing resolution that includes language defunding the implementation of the president’s executive action on amnesty.”
Cruz huddled with House conservatives on Wednesday morning concerning Congress’s lame-duck agenda and will appear with immigration hardliners Reps. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and Steve King (R-Iowa) during an afternoon press conference. It remains unclear just how hard a line Cruz will take on the spending bill and immigration this month after playing a central role during last year’s fight over defunding Obamacare, which resulted in a lengthy government shutdown.
It's good to see Senator Cruz continue to fight where other Republicans... John Boehner... have given up. Boehner has seen many House Republicans split from him over his decision to waive the white flag. Boehner may actually need Democratic help to pass his plan.
Sadly, this isn't what Americans voted for. Americans wanted Republicans to stop Obama's actions. It's one thing to say you are upset as John Boehner has done, but it actually takes guts to stand up and do something. John Boehner and his "leadership" qualities will hurt the Republicans in the future.
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