Not one to mince words, Texas Senator Ted Cruz has once again unloaded on the Republican leadership in Congress. Actually, it’s not leadership that is the problem but the lack of leadership. Cruz claims the Republicans in Congress are guilty of “peremptory surrender” yet again. According to the Daily Caller on Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell came under fire for not supporting the favored plan of conservatives for defunding Planned Parenthood.
“Republicans need to act like Republicans,” Cruz said Thursday afternoon to a group of reporters inside his Capitol Hill office. “Leadership needs to lead. Together, we need to actually honor the commitments to the men and women who elected us.”
This has been Cruz’s sentiment since he was elected. He truly believes that those elected to office by the people should fulfill their promises to those people, instead of using them as bait for votes. Too bad more don’t think the same way.
Cruz points out how the two sides work. On one side you have the Democrats and the president. Both are committed and relentless in advancing their agenda. They never quit, they never give up and set out to accomplish their goal by any means necessary. On the other side you have the Republicans. They begin every dialogue with a peremptory surrender-irreversible, binding, absolute.
Hiding behind the excuse of wanting to avoid a shutdown like the one over Obamacare in 2013, and promising there will be no shutdowns, the Republican’s promise-taken at face value-sounds quite reasonable. However, considering who’s in the White House, that promise is certain to be exploited. In other words, Republican leadership will support every single failed big government policy of President Obama.
Cruz, a 2016 presidential contender, stated that Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Reid are still the “de facto” leaders of Congress. This is in spite of the fact the GOP retook the Congress, reports the Washington Post.
Senate Democrats are set to reject a GOP-authored bid Thursday to avert a government shutdown while, at the same time, redirecting millions in taxpayer funds from the controversial Planned Parenthood organization. This most likely means Congress is staring at possibly another government shutdown next week.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has asked the Senate to redirect $235 million from Planned Parenthood to community health centers. This comes in response to the controversy over videos that appear to show organization officials negotiating the sale of organs from aborted fetuses, to be used for research.
Cruz doesn’t expect that to go through. In fact Cruz and conservative House allies fully expect GOP leaders to offer a “clean” spending resolution that does not touch Planned Parenthood. He said the Republican leadership has caved to Democrats. From Obama’s immigration amnesty to the Iran nuclear deal to confirmation of Attorney General Loretta Lynch. “What the Republican Party has accomplished is passage of the Democratic agenda,” Cruz said.
“The position of Republican leadership boils down to this: They will support 100% of the priorities of Democrats…Today, the leader in the Senate is Harry Reid because Republican leadership has said nothing will pass without Harry Reid’s support. Today, the leader in the House is Nancy Pelosi.”
The question on everyone’s mind is whether Cruz will filibuster, like he did in 2013 over the funding of Obamacare, or will he take a different route.