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December 18, 2015

Cruz Accuses GOP Leadership of Playing Santa for Lobbyists


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Cruz told the Friday rally that Republican leadership was “playing Santa Claus to the lobbyists and K Street and the special interests.” (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

MECHANICSVILLE, Va. —  Minutes after taking a photo with Santa Claus and wishing him well on Christmas Eve, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz turned Grinch on Republicans on Capitol Hill who backed the omnibus spending bill that cleared earlier Friday.

“Now, it’s Christmastime, so it was Republican leadership playing Santa Claus to the lobbyists and K Street and the special interests, and it’s why people are fed up with the Washington cartel,” the Texas Republican told reporters before a packed house at the Life Church in suburban Richmond.

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December 16, 2015

Cruz Remarks Draw Intel Panel Attention


Burr has a new proposal to extend the NSA's bulk surveillance powers by two years. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Burr said the committee was reviewing Cruz’s comments. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard M. Burr said his staff was reviewing comments about the Patriot Act’s metadata program made by Sen. Ted Cruz during Tuesday’s GOP presidential debate.

Burr said that any time there are specific references to numbers related to intelligence programs it sets off concerns among those who handle classified information, but a review is necessary to determine if there was an open source for the data.

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December 15, 2015

Did Ted Cruz Disclose Classified Information?


UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 8: Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, holds a news conference with Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, (not pictured) in the U.S. Capitol to discuss Syrian refugee legislation on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Cruz and Rubio sparred over possibly classified information at the debate Tuesday night. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Did Sen. Ted Cruz disclose classified information on national television?

Those without access to the intelligence itself probably won’t know for sure, but that seemed to be the implication in the reaction from presidential campaign rival and fellow Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., during a portion of Tuesday’s CNN debate that focused on their differing views on the scope of National Security Agency surveillance programs. Full story

December 10, 2015

Trump Comments Spark Senate Fireworks


Sessions said immigration policy should be mindful of security risks. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo.)

Sessions said immigration policy should be mindful of security risks. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo.)

“Is it in the national interest to admit the ISIS member equally with the Buddhist?”

That was one of the rhetorical questions from Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, as the Senate Judiciary Committee debated religious tests for immigrants, and a Senate hearing room became the latest venue for a rebuke to Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump.

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Cruz Strikes Back on Rubio’s Patriot Act Attacks


UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 8: Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, holds a news conference with Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, (not pictured) in the U.S. Capitol to discuss Syrian refugee legislation on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Cruz is hitting back on criticism from his presidential rival Rubio. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Facing accusations from Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida that he’s supported weakening surveillance powers, presidential rival and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas hit back against his rival on Thursday.

The two Republican presidential candidates have been at each other over their differing views on reauthorization of provisions of the Patriot Act. The provisions in question involve the bulk collection of telephone metadata by the National Security Agency. Rubio is in a contingent led by Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., that is blasting people who supported ending the bulk collection, claiming the practice is key to fighting terrorist threats.

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December 8, 2015

GOP Elders Critical of Trump’s Muslim Comments


UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 8 - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., walks back to his office after the weekly Senate Republicans luncheon news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, December 8, 2015. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

McConnell walks back to his office after the weekly Senate Republican luncheon news conference on Tuesday. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell did not wait to be asked about Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s call to exclude Muslims from entering the United States.

Before turning to the upcoming passage of an education overhaul and end-of-the-year business, the Kentucky Republican on Tuesday said the proposal  was “completely and totally inconsistent with American values.”

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Capitol Food Workers Escalate Protests in Senate


Capitol workers gather before heading to Cruz's office. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Capitol workers gather before heading to Cruz’s office. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Dozens of Capitol food workers went on strike Tuesday, demanding to negotiate higher wages with their management and taking their message to other Senate workspace, specifically calling on Sen. Ted Cruz, who sits on the committee that oversees their contract, to support their push for better pay and union representation.

The workers flooded the Texas Republican’s office, and the hallway outside, to award Cruz the “Golden Grinch” award, and bring attention to their effort for a $15 an hour wage and collective bargaining rights. Full story

December 1, 2015

Ted Cruz, Condoms and Bathroom Politics


UNITED STATES - September 25: Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks at the Values Voters Summit at the Omni Shoreham hotel in Washington D.C., Friday, September 25, 2015. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Cruz has made outreach to social conservatives a cornerstone of his presidential campaign. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Ted Cruz was in a groove in Iowa Monday, weighing in on issues that underscore his efforts to appeal to socially conservative voters in the nation’s first caucus state.

The Texas Republican did so by blasting the Department of Education for allowing a transgender student to use a girl’s locker room — and even weighed in on the availability of prophylactics in America, soundbites that could have been lead news in their own right on most any other day.

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November 25, 2015

Mike Lee in the Middle of Reconciliation Battle


Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, (center) is joining fellow Republicans Marco Rubio of Florida (left) and Ted Cruz of Texas (right), in pushing leadership for a full repeal of the Affordable Care Act through the reconciliation process. (Photo By Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Lee, center, is joining fellow Republicans Rubio, left, and Cruz in pushing leadership on the Affordable Care Act. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Mike Lee will find himself in the middle of the debate on the Affordable Care Act on Monday, as well as between two colleagues running for president.

The Utah Republican and chairman of the  Senate Steering Committee is joining fellow Republicans Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida in their opposition to anything short of a full repeal of the law. The topic will likely come up in a meeting Monday of Senate Republicans, and the chamber could begin debating it under the budget reconciliation process as early as Dec. 2.

“There are a few of us who have expressed concerns,” Lee said in an interview in his office before the Thanksgiving recess. “We just want to make sure that we are taking full advantage of the opportunity; that we are doing as much as we can consistent with the rules.”

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November 12, 2015

Does Obamacare Repeal Have a Senate Path Without the Mandates?


Cruz and Rubio are among those o. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Cruz, Lee and Rubio have previously expressed concerns about a reconciliation bill that doesn’t fully repeal Obamacare. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The search is on for 51 Senate votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act, raising questions about whether the House’s attempt to use the budget reconciliation process to do so will succeed.

Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, both presidential candidates, and Sen. Mike Lee are on record that they “cannot support” a bill that doesn’t “fully repeal” the health care law. The offices of Cruz and Rubio referred CQ Roll Call back to a joint statement from three weeks ago when asked for a response to Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough’s ruling this week that Obamacare’s employer and individual mandates fail the test for inclusion in a reconciliation bill. Full story

November 11, 2015

The 5 Agencies Ted Cruz Would Cut


Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, outlined the five federal agencies he'd cut. (Photo By Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Cruz outlined the five federal agencies he’d cut. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Like a certain Texas Republican before him, Ted Cruz had a bit of an “oops” moment during Tuesday’s GOP presidential debate.

While certainly not as egregious as former Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s famous faux pas at a 2011 debate when he forgot the third agency he’d like to cut  (“Oops,” Perry said), the junior senator from Texas listed the five agencies he would eliminate — but omitted the Department of Education by counting the Commerce Department twice. Full story

November 10, 2015

How Cruz the Outsider Won Purple Hearts for Fort Hood Victims


The U.S. flag flew at half mast over the U.S. Capitol in honor of the victims of the 2009 shooting at Ft. Hood in Texas. (Photo by Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly File Photo)

The U.S. flag flew at half staff over the U.S. Capitol in honor of the victims of the 2009 shooting at Ft. Hood in Texas. (Photo by Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly File Photo)

Updated 7:40 p.m. | On Ted Cruz’s Senate office wall hangs a framed copy of one of the Texas Republican’s proudest legislative accomplishments. And like the outsider persona he touts on the presidential campaign trail, Cruz eventually voted against the bill that made it happen.

Cruz added an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act last year in the Armed Services committee that ultimately awarded the Purple Heart to victims of the 2009 massacre at the Fort Hood military facility in Texas. Thirteen people were killed and more than 30 injured.

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Cruz Outpaces GOP Rivals by Wielding Gavel


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Cruz has outpaced his presidential rivals in subcommittee hearings. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

At a time when senators running for president have faced criticism for missing votes, the anti-Washington, anti-leadership Ted Cruz has been quietly productive in at least one quantifiable way: Convening subcommittee hearings.

The Texas Republican — who has the third lowest vote participation percentage in the Senate, according to CQ Vote Watch — has convened nine hearings as chairman of two subcommittees, outpacing the three other senators running for the Republican presidential nomination. Full story

October 28, 2015

Paul Pledges Budget Deal Filibuster Ahead of Debate


Rand Paul arrives at the U.S. Capitol to block any Patriot Act extension Sunday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Paul said he would filibuster the deal. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The two-year budget deal heading to the House floor will make prime Republican presidential debate fodder Wednesday evening in Colorado.

Sen. Rand Paul said Tuesday that he intended to filibuster the bipartisan budget agreement that would also provide for a suspension of the debt limit.

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October 23, 2015

Popular Criminal Justice Bill Poses Political Risk


Grassley, left, and Leahy confer in Judiciary committee. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Grassley, left, and Leahy confer at Judiciary Committee. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Heading to the Senate floor, beware of Willie Horton.

That could have been the subtext of criticism of a broad, bipartisan sentencing overhaul advanced through the Senate Judiciary Committee on a 15-5 vote.

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