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Cruz Puts GOP Leaders on Notice

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, put Republican leaders on notice Friday that he intends to hold them to their word that they will seek to scuttle President Obama’s executive amnesty next year, forcing the Senate into an unwelcome Saturday workday and a symbolic vote related to the amnesty.

Senators thought they had a deal to finish their business for the year quickly on Monday after a quiet weekend. Instead, they will have to spend all day and into the evening Saturday making cumbersome procedural votes on unconfirmed Obama nominees.

Cruz will also put senators on record on the immigration fiat with a “point-of-order” procedural objection to funding for the amnesty. “This procedural tool will ensure that every Senator will be on record regarding the constitutionality of President Obama’s illegal amnesty,” said Cruz spokeswoman Catherine Frazier.

Cruz made a stinging speech from the floor Friday saying he takes GOP leaders “at their word” that they’ll fight the amnesty next year, but actually making clear he doesn’t:

I take them at their word. But I would note that a whole lot of citizens across this country feel a little bit like Charlie Brown with Lucy and the football, when fight after fight, leadership in Congress says we’ll fight next time. Not this time . . . the wise thing to do is to fight in a month, fight in two months, fight in three months. Not now.

There comes a point where Charlie Brown has kicked the football and fallen on his rear end one two many times. So, when our leaders in both chambers say as a commitment we will fight and we will stop President Obama’s illegal amnesty, I take them at their word. But, I am confident the American people will hold them to their word.

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, joined in Cruz’s effort.

Cruz is showing a lot of gumption by again being willing to piss off so many of his colleagues. In the college campus atmosphere of Capitol Hill and amid the clubby chuminess of the Senate, this is no easy thing to do on a personal level.

Principle? Egotism? Ambition? I’m sure all are playing a role here. Whatever the root of it, I love it when someone is willing to rudely interfere with a stale consensus. Especially when making such a very important point.

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50 Responses to Cruz Puts GOP Leaders on Notice

  1. Principle? Egotism? Ambition? I can take all three as long as it results in the restoration of our Republic, the dismantling of this Federal Beast of a government, and the permanent banishment of these Democrat Party Communist America haters, and their craven allies in the propaganda media, who are dedicated to the total destruction of our beloved United States of America to the status of a fringe element who now listens too.

    Bravo Senator Cruz and Senator Lee for forcing out into the bright sunlight, these traitorous democrats and especially these lying, thieving republicans who are the enemies and traitors of our country.

    We will all be taking careful note as to how these alleged defenders in the Senate of the Constitution and our country cast their votes.

  2. Part of me wants to see him run for the presidency in 2016, but he might be more effective staying in the Senate where he’ll continue to be an iconoclast.

  3. Thank you Mr. Koffler for giving us this opportunity to vent.
    I say Cruz for senate majority leader and Gowdy for speaker of the house.
    We made a statement by taking back the senate, now let’s finish this.

  4. I like SenCruz. SenLee, too. Young, vocal, vitalizing and mesmerizing men who stand out and above the elderly, old, meek and so typically boring Congress.

    • “Elderly, old, meek”.
      Clutching for the last vestige of power.
      Reluctant to give up the authority that they have been given through cronyism and the lobbyists that fund their re-elections.
      They will be tenacious, grasping at the power they once had, and working to denigrate any individual that takes that power and authority away from them.

      The Country be damned.

    • So true, I like both of them. I love to hear them speak. It is true that they both are so interesting, so exciting to hear them both. II love to hear Mike Lee speak, he tells it like it is and beautifully. I would vote for Mike Lee and Cruz in a heatbeat too!

  5. Welcome to the new Country of North Mexico. Former citizens of the now defunct USA have no rights in the newly formed country. The coup was easily done as the former citizens were too busy with their smart phones to notice.
    Announcing himself as : President for life, Barry Soetoro AKA BHO is pleased that the 57 states can now live in peace as Blacks will no longer be arrested for anything. Whites will be closely watched as they are very racist. Even tho they now have no rights they will be required to pay all taxes as before. If they can find a job.
    Latino’s will be allowed to work jobs Americans will not do, even if it is your job.
    Today the Senate and the house were pleased to have as the new Vice President, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto. He was met with thunderous applause.
    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is appointed as the Secretary of defense.
    The president for life also announced that all people from anywhere are now welcome. All new comers will of course be awarded citizenship and your house and car.
    All hail the god Obama!

  6. I’ve read all the comments here which range from complete disillusionment to hopefully optimistic along with some sarcasm and ‘snarkiness’ (sp!). For some reason, I cannot decide where I fit on the spectrum of emotions after such a roller coaster of a week!

    However, the liberals are continuing their ‘we won ~ you didn’t’ attitude and attacks. On Chris Wallace, one dem criticized Ted Cruz and those who support his Senate speech as having ‘Ted Cruz derangement syndrome’! The liberals are becoming even more ‘ugly’ if that is even possible, and some of my DC friends say that ‘undermining Republican-Controlled Congress’ for the next two years is the #1 Goal of DNC. No surprise there, but the lack of unity among Republicans on anything will play into the DNC scenario.

    The DNC is counting on the disharmony among all facets of the conservative movement and the challenge of raising funds for Republican candidates for POTUS 2016. Republicans do a good job of criticizing and undercutting each other already and will continue to do so in debates. Sooooo, no words can really express how down-in-the dumps I am! Any advice besides putting a bag over my head? jb

  7. Frankly, I’m past believing anything will change without term limits – retroactive term limits. Never going to happen with this bunch of crooks. Sadly, Cruz is the voice crying in the wilderness as the Vichy Republican party continues to elevate the likes of Boehner & McConnell.

  8. Boehner really let the people down. After all the words, just words and no action, regarding the illegal immigration exec order, the Republicans saying over and over we will stop this illegal exec order, and what do they do? They give this deceiver in the White House eyerything he wants regarding the funding of Obamacare and the illegal immigration exec order? How could the Republicans lie to us like that and do nothing to stop it? ALL THE PEOPLE DON’T WANT THIS BOEHNER, YOU WILL HAVE TO GO — YOU ARE AS MUCH A TRAITOR AS THEY ARE? We are in shock that Boehner lied too just like Obama?