Sen. Ted Cruz
Fool’s errand or heroic stand? The bipartisan compromise on Wednesday to avoid a financial default and end a 16-day partial government shutdown cast a spotlight on Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah, who had precipitated the crises with their demand that President Barack Obama gut his 3-year-old health care law.
Speaking with Bob Schieffer on Sunday, Sen. Chuck Schumer said he is “cautiously hopeful” that the Senate can pick up where House negotiations have become deadlocked, and hopefully avoid the continued government shutdown through bipartisan Senate discussion.
A crowd has converged on the World War II Memorial on the National Mall, pushing through barriers to protest the memorial’s closing under the government shutdown.
From county chairmen to national party luminaries, veteran Republicans across the country are accusing Tea Party lawmakers of staining the GOP with their refusal to bend in the budget impasse in Washington.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz told a socially conservative advocacy group Saturday that President Barack Obama’s Democratic administration is “the most hostile to religious liberty” in American history and uses the health reform law is its most formidable weapon against them.
Sen. Ted Cruz says legislation raising the debt ceiling is among the best leverage that Congress has to rein in the White House and should include changes to the nation’s new health insurance system.
Some tried yelling. Others tried shaming. But by the time tea party freshmen Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee spoke on the chamber floor again Friday, other Republican senators had settled on ignoring them.
The Democratic-controlled Senate is on a path toward defeating tea party attempts to dismantle President Barack Obama’s health care law, despite an overnight talkathon on the chamber’s floor led by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
Under relentless pressure from their right wing, Republicans are in the midst of a risky fight with President Barack Obama they know they will lose, little more than a year before an election that history says they should win.
On Tuesday, Sen. Ted Cruz began a filibuster with the intent of defunding the Affordable Care Act, known also as Obamacare.