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.