Republican Senator Ted Cruz may be from Texas, but that’s about as much as he and Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis have in common. Where she runs to the left, he runs right; where she captures the attention of progressives across the country, he stirs up the Tea Party supporters. Davis fights for women’s health; Sen. Cruz vows to defund Obamacare.
Even their approach to filibusters are completely different. Davis threatens filibusters and follows through; Sen. Cruz threatens them and falls apart. As the Washington Post reports Sen. Cruz may very well end up filibustering his own party’s House bill defunding Obamacare. Why? Because that is the only way he could keep the Senate from stripping the defunding amendment from the bill themselves.
Confused? Me too. However, tying to convince his own party to help him filibuster a bill passed by his own party is just one of the many ridiculous things the GOP senator from Texas has proposed. Here are 5 others that are just as bad:
1) Bringing guns to Congress – Sen. Cruz and fellow Republican Sen. Lindsay Graham (South Carolina) thought the best way to testify against gun laws was to bring their own to the committee meeting.”In anticipation of tomorrow’s hearing on gun control, we instructed our staff to work to ensure various unloaded firearms, under law enforcement supervision, could be brought into the hearing,” Graham and Cruz wrote to Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, according to Politico.
Federal law enforcement officials were less pleased with the idea, and in the end the senators had to leave their weapons at home.
2) Impeach Obama - When asked why no one has tried to impeach the president, Sen. Cruz responded that it’s a “good question.” There just weren’t enough votes in the Senate to impeach him as long as Democrats were in control, he argued. Even though his fellow Texan Rep. Blake Farenthold said those votes were there, let’s get this straight: the Senate doesn’t do the impeachments, the House does. (Note: Cruz later told National Review Online that he didn’t mean it.)
3) Questioning Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s patriotism – Not many people would question the patriotism of a former Vietnam Vet with two purple hearts (at least, not when the person in question is a Republican), but that’s just what Sen. Cruz did during Hagel’s nomination for Secretary of Defense. During the hearing, Sen. Cruz asked for further financial information than required, claiming that, “We do not know, for example, if he received compensation for giving paid speeches at extreme or radical groups.” Sen. Cruz was then chastised by members of his own party, including Sen. John McCain.
4) End abortion in China or the United Nations gets it! – In an attempt to score points with his anti-abortion supporters, Sen. Cruz offered an amendment to a continuing resolution that would have pulled funding from the United Nation unless they made China stop enforcing the one child policy. One problem: the U.N. has no ability to tell China to do anything. “No one — no one in this body supports forced abortions. No one,” argued Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Robert Menendez (D-N.J). “However, the United Nations has no authority to control the acts of any individual nation. Instead of punishing the country that maybe — that is carrying out the bad policy, this amendment would go after an entity that has no control over the policy and all the while negatively impacting our national interest.” The funding that would have been pulled was meant for peace keeping missions and to help refugees. Luckily, the amendment solidly failed.
5) Preparing for the implementation of “Sharia Law” – Did you know that “Sharia law is an enormous problem”? So claims the Texas Senator, who, ironically, declared that we must avoid Islamic law based on the Quran in the same Q&A that he advocated churches be allowed to endorse candidates. Brilliant!
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