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February 8, 2016

House GOP Vents Frustration With Ted Cruz on #Twitter (Updated)

Updated 10:30 p.m. | The frustration between House Republicans and GOP Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah spilled onto Twitter Wednesday night, when members and staff began criticizing the duo — especially Cruz — for giving up on defunding Obamacare before the House has even sent a bill to the Senate.

Rep. Sean P. Duffy, R-Wis., took this 132-character swipe.

And later in the evening Georgia Republican Rep. Lynn Westmoreland had this to say:

Cruz and Lee have been constant critics of House Republicans, needling the House GOP to defund Obamacare in the continuing resolution that is aimed at keeping the government from shutting down.

But when House Republicans granted them their wish, giving Cruz and Lee their chance to take the fight to Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and the Democratic Senate, Cruz deflected the battle back to the House.

“Harry Reid will no doubt try to strip the defund language from the continuing resolution, and right now he likely has the votes to do so,” Cruz said in a statement. “At that point, House Republicans must stand firm, hold their ground, and continue to listen to the American people.”

As one senior House GOP aide told CQ Roll Call last week, “I don’t know if you noticed, but House Republicans fight Obamacare every damn day.”

On Wednesday, upon announcing the plan to defund Obamacre in the CR — a plan that Cruz has pushed for daily — Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, referred to the more than 40 times the House has defunded, delayed, repealed or replaced portions of Obamacare.

“The fight over here has been won,” Boehner told reporters. “It’s time for the Senate to have that fight.”

Indeed, Boehner spokesman Michael Steel was sending around his own quote Wednesday night in response to the Cruz statement.

“We trust Republicans in the Senate will put up a fight worthy of the challenge that Obamacare poses,” Steel said.

CNN’s Dana Bash tweeted that a House GOP leadership aide told her Texas state Sen. “Wendy Davis has more balls than Ted Cruz.” And Fox News’ Chad Pergram posted this:


Other members didn’t mention Cruz by name but parroted Boehner. Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., posted:


Cruz’s aides parried back, however. Josh Perry, the Texas Republican’s new media director, tweeted:


Regardless of the dustup, Cruz is probably right about the state of play in the Senate; Reid likely does have the votes to strip the Obamacare defund language.

  • Sally

    I realize the GOP thinks they won in 2012, but the Senate and WH are Democratic, and for the people. This GOP is a plague on this country…defund SNAP, defund SS, screw the USPS, end abortion, end SS and Medicare, end contraception, try to start more wars, get rid of unions, block people from voting, rally for more guns in homes so more people die….seems to me the GOP has nothing in common with most Americans, who WANT health care at a reasonable cost..for everyone, not just people who work for big corps or the government. Wake up, GOP, or you are in for a big shock next term. Boehner will be gone, but he will not be replaced by another Koch and ALEC puppet with ties to TransCanada and the health lobbies.

    • Bumr50

      So many talking points…how do you find time to eat and sleep?

    • electricjack

      It really is a shame that you talk like a misguided fool. Get your facts straight democrat shill….

    • Layla

      Seems to me that Obama is doing enough damage to the unions, Sally. He certainly doesn’t need anybodies help. As long as ANYBODY is exempt from Obamacare, it is unConstitutional, whether you like it or not.

    • Barbara’s Political Rantings


  • Just Saying

    Can we call a spade a spade?

    Universal Health Care as I prefer to call it because it was pushed by 40 years of democrats including the late Ted Kennedy and Hillary R. Clinton took forever to past, learn a lesson from the past, it will take just as long to repeal.

    Also, this should not be a republican or democrat thing. No budget, no cr, no government- one of our largest employers in the country. Why are the banks too big to fail but America apparently is? This is a lack of leadership and really unacceptable. Why bring not a budget, but a CR, to the floor if it can’t be passed fully? I don’t know about anyone else here but I can’t not do my work for four years and then show up with something I already know leaves no room for negotiating and call it a win or blame my counterpart for it.

    But, what do I know, I am just saying . . . .

    • Layla

      This President has gone YEARS without a budget and was allowed to get away with it by Congress. He sends weapons to terrorists and they allow him to get away with it. He exempts Congress and a few unions from this travesty and they allow him to get away with it.

      If you don’t think there will be payback at the polls in 2014, you are dreaming. We have the WORST economy since the great depression. You can’t get a job out here with any more hours than 28 and you can’t feed a family and pay for Obamacare on 28 hours a week.

      And now we know that the NSA are spying on each of us and YOU are responsible for that. Out here we call it TYRANNY.

      Are you really stupid enough to believe that any ONE of you will still be in office after November, 2014?

      • Just Saying


        I am having trouble following your point. And please, correct me if I am wrong (but I am not).

        1. The President has delivered a budget to Congress every year of his term. It comes out in February and includes a justification for every dollar. Its his proposal, however, the government’s budget promulgates from the House of Representatives where whoever is in the majority may edit, add, or subtract from it OR proffer a completely different budget. Once it passes the House, it goes to the Senate for vote, and the final budget is sent to the President and he pretty much has to deal with what it is. A Continuing Resolution is basically saying we couldn’t agree and didn’t do our job, so let’s just take last year’s budget and keep funding everything the same until we figure this out- that has happened for the last 4 years. So, divert your anger at the right branch of government- you know we have branches and checks/balances? Oh, don’t be angry- you called me stupid and you lack basic civic knowledge.

        2. We have a point of agreement- this economy blows. I hope your anger stems from that and to that, believe me, I can relate. However, although I am not particularly impressed by our President, I don’t necessarily think anyone has wanted him to succeed either- I felt similarly for Bush. He is, after all, OUR president and if he fails, we all do. One the problems is that us, yes you and me and all of America really lose site of issues on an emotional level. When a problem arises our first instinct is to allocate blame instead of finding the solution.

        3. Obamacare- well, it hasn’t actually hit yet. So, you have your opinion- I will wait on mine.

        4. Trust me, I don’t read your texts, I barely wanted to read your post. So its not “ME” spying on you. Take a breather, pal. Second, if a national security policy bothers you that much, get involved. Speak to your Senators/Representative. I take great offense to calling it tyranny. Tyranny defined is cruel and oppressive government or rule. What has the NSA stopped you from doing lately? I mean, in real tyrannies, you and I would be killed for debating so freely. Let’s gain some perspective there, alright?

        5. I am not currently an elected official, but some day, I hope to be. And guess what? I am not going to fix Washington or battle Republicans. My campaign and hopeful tenure will be about compromising. When asked what do you hope to accomplish? My answer will be a conversation and debate worthy of having, votes that I can stand by, and a constituency that can say I don’t always agree with her but I know she wants the best for me, my family, and my country. Is that what you hope to be able to vote for in 2014? Or are you hoping to shut everything down, accomplish nothing, make bold statements to rile those who disagree with you? You know the saying: if you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem. Choice where you want to be wisely . . . .and for pete’s sake, pop in to an 11th grade civics class- clearly your misinformation on how a budget comes about really irks me.

        • Layla

          Just sayin-

          I wasn’t referring to you. I know how the budget process works, though it would be difficult for any current student to watch that process since we seem to find CRs to be acceptable now.

          The President has delivered a budget just 3 of his 5 years. He has also put us trillions in debt. If you didn’t live in the DC area you would know that many in the country, millions to be exact, are out of work. Try feeding and clothing a family on just 29 hours a week. I get real emotional when my family, my town, my state are barely hanging on and nothing is being done to help that. We’ve got money for weapons, but screw the middle class. If you find this insulting, that’s too damn bad. Try living it.

          And frankly, I don’t give a damn if you’re irked.

          I wish you the best in your efforts to run for office. What we have currently is a constituency that is not even listened to. You would be a refreshing addition.

          • Just Saying

            Well, Layla, it seems that you and I have more common ground in the comments of Roll Call than Congress has in the last four years. Although, I think both of us kind of lament that fact.

            DC is a bubble for sure, and a bubble, I don’t feel a part of- I don’t think most Americans do. I am living where you are living- in the land of frustration with a government that really has let us down and does not seem to care about the fact that there are more have nots than haves and not a lot of opportunity for us to change that on our own.

            I appreciate the support. I have to tell you, I detect you are from CA- I would be outraged as well with just about everything from the State Government and Federal. I would be furious with the fact that a Congressman from my state is something like 5,000 times richer than his average constituent household.

            Good luck to you as well!

        • Barbara’s Political Rantings

          The budget was not delivered every year by Obama, not true at all.

  • Layla

    This President has gone against the Constitution so many times, he needs to be impeached, along with those who support spying on the world, Sen. Feinstein. We have traitors in our midst.

  • Barbara’s Political Rantings

    The ONLY people that say Lee and Cruz are “waving the white flag” are the House Republicans. WTH?

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