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August 31, 2015

Ted Cruz Praises Donald Trump, Holds Fire on Boehner

The Texas senator struck a different tone than his party's leader on Planned Parenthood. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Cruz says he will continue to sing Trump’s praises. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Ted Cruz said next week’s rally outside the Capitol with Donald Trump will get more eyeballs and TV cameras with the fellow Republican presidential candidate in attendance.

“An awful lot of the Republican candidates for president have basically taken out a two-by-four and tried to smack Donald Trump and I have very consciously avoided doing that, and I’ve regularly sung his praises,” the Texas Republican said. “It’s a rally that I’m helping organize to oppose this catastrophic nuclear deal, which I think is the single biggest national security threat facing America.”

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August 27, 2015

Ted Cruz Invites Donald Trump to Anti-Iran Deal Rally on Capitol Grounds (Updated)

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Trump is leading other Republican contenders in the polls. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 11:15 p.m. | Republican Sen. Ted Cruz has invited fellow presidential candidate Donald Trump to participate in a rally outside the Capitol against the international nuclear agreement with Iran.

The event is scheduled for Sept. 9, on the Capitol’s West Lawn, according to a statement from Jenny Beth Martin of the Tea Party Patriots. Martin’s organization is one of the groups Cruz’s campaign identified ad behind the event.

Trump, the businessman and reality TV star currently leading GOP polls, has accepted the invite to the event with the Texas Republican, having made reference to it while speaking Thursday in Greenville, S.C.

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By Niels Lesniewski Posted at 2:58 p.m.
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August 20, 2015

What Ted Cruz Thinks About Manned Spaceflight

UNITED STATES - AUGUST 9: Presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) poses for a selfie with a supporter after the town hall meeting with Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., in Huntsville, Ala., on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015. The campaign event was part of The Cruz Country bus tour through the South. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Cruz took a selfie with a supporter after the town hall in Huntsville. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

When Sen. Ted Cruz took questions at a campaign town hall in Huntsville, Ala., on his bus tour of SEC country last week, a boy scout from the area raised his hand. But the Texas Republican called for the last question before his staff could get the presidential candidate’s attention.

So CQ Roll Call approached the young man and his parents later that evening to ask what was on his mind. Nine-year-old Paul Byrd wanted to know what Cruz thought about the future of manned spaceflight. It was a good question, particularly in the northern Alabama city that is home to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.

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August 11, 2015

Graham: National Security Concerns Trump Planned Parenthood

Graham said he opposes a shutdown showdown over Planned Parenthood. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Graham said he opposes a shutdown showdown over Planned Parenthood. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

GREENVILLE, S.C. — A potential President Lindsey Graham would propose defunding Planned Parenthood, but the South Carolina Republican said using a government funding crisis as leverage in an abortion debate would undermine national security.

“Let me just be clear about me and Planned Parenthood. If I were president, I would never submit a budget with one dime for Planned Parenthood,” Graham said. “I am not going, as Senator Graham, to shut the government down because of this fight. I will vote to defund Planned Parenthood, I will do everything I can to stop funding Planned Parenthood, but what Sen. [Ted] Cruz is suggesting is to shut the government down because of this dispute.”

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August 9, 2015

Ted Cruz to States: Impose Your Own Iran Sanctions

UNITED STATES - AUGUST 9: Presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) seen through red balloons, arrives to speak to supporters during the Cruz campaign bus tour rally in Pelham, Ala., on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Cruz, seen through red balloons, said states should explore their own sanctions against Iran. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

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PELHAM, Ala. — Sen. Ted Cruz said Sunday that doing everything possible to thwart the Iran deal should include states exploring imposing their own sanctions.

The Republican presidential candidate from Texas was asked at a raucous town hall-style forum here about the prospects of states taking action to impose sanctions on the money the Obama administration has agreed to release as part of the deal regarding the country’s nuclear development.

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August 6, 2015

Senate Is Working Again Despite Ted Cruz and Co., McConnell Says (Video)

McConnell touted productivity of his Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

McConnell touted the productivity of his Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell touted the new Senate under his leadership Thursday — one with far more productivity and votes than under his predecessor — and he isn’t about to let Ted Cruz, or anyone else, derail it.

“For any of our members, there are a lot of procedural tools available to slow things down, and they’ve been used frequently and we worked our way through every one of them,” McConnell said when asked about Cruz talking up efforts to hold up federal funding and the debt limit. Full story

August 4, 2015

Cruz Ready for Next Debt Limit Debate

(Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Cruz recalled the last fight over the nation’s debt ceiling. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Remember what happened the last time Congress acted to raise the debt limit?

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, certainly does.

The 2016 presidential hopeful found himself right in the middle, stopping a February 2014 effort to allow the Senate to vote on a debt ceiling measure with a simple majority.

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July 31, 2015

Ted Cruz Defers to House Members on Bid to Boot Boehner

Cruz would not weigh in specifically on the effort to oust Boehner. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Cruz would not weigh in specifically on the effort to oust Boehner. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Upending the “Washington cartel” of career politicians may be the theme of Sen. Ted Cruz’s campaign for the White House, but the Texas Republican is not weighing in on a bid to oust John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, from his role as speaker.

“Questions of leadership in the House are questions to be decided by Republican members of the House,” Cruz said when asked whether he would be supportive of a resolution filed by Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., to vacate the chair. (Cruz has been close to many of the House Republicans who have fought regularly with Boehner.)

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July 28, 2015

With Votes to Advance, Inhofe Makes Highway Bill Sales Pitch to House

Inhofe plans to force votes to block EPA regulations. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Inhofe is arguing that the Senate highway bill is a more conservative policy. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

 

With a series of obstacles being cleared late Monday, the Senate’s on the road to passing a long-term highway bill, and one of the chamber’s most conservative members is trying to make the case that his product will be more conservative than the House’s stopgap approach.

Following the 62-32 vote to invoke cloture and thus limit debate on a highway bill substitute amendment that was the product of bipartisan negotiations led in the end by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and ranking Democrat Barbara Boxer of California, Environment and Public Works Chairman James M. Inhofe urged House Republicans to take up the Senate’s bill.

“They know what the bill is, they’ve had it in front of them for two months,” the Oklahoma Republican said. “When they see the bill and they see how much money it’s going to cost if they don’t pass it, then I think [House Republicans will realize] that the conservative position is to pass a long-term bill.”

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July 27, 2015

Campaigning on the Floor Not Going Away Anytime Soon

Paul reacts to a question about Cruz as he arrives for a rare Sunday session in the Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Paul reacts to a question about Cruz as he arrives for a rare Sunday session in the Senate. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

If the Senate’s old guard has its way, the campaigning from the Senate floor would end. But don’t bet on it.

“We must ensure that the pernicious trend of turning the Senate floor into a forum for advancing personal ambitions, for promoting political campaigns, or for enhancing fundraising activities comes to a stop,” Sen. Orrin G. Hatch said Sunday. “There are enough other platforms for those seeking to accomplish those objectives; the Senate floor need not be one.”

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What Robert Byrd Thought of Calling Colleagues Liars

Byrd said that until 1995, he had never heard a senator accuse colleagues of lying on the floor. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Byrd said that until 1995, he had never heard a senator accuse colleagues of lying on the floor. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

“The decorum in the Senate has deteriorated, and political partisanship has run rife, and when the American people see and hear such intellectual pemmican as was spewed forth on this floor last Friday, no wonder there is such a growing disrespect for Congress throughout the country.”

No, that wasn’t a statement in response to last week’s startling floor speech from Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., had lied about renewing the Export-Import Bank. But it did bring back memories of one of the most memorable speeches in Senate history, nearly 20 years ago, another time accusations of lawmaker lying flew in the chamber.

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July 26, 2015

Senate Votes to Revive Export-Import Bank, Keep Obamacare (Updated)

McConnell set up Sunday's victory for Ex-Im Bank supporters. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

McConnell set up Sunday’s victory for Ex-Im Bank supporters. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 4:57 p.m. | In a pair of losses for conservatives, the Senate voted overwhelmingly Sunday to revive the Export-Import Bank while failing to overcome a filibuster of an attempt to repeal Obamacare — with more fireworks to come.

The rare Sunday votes set the stage for the Senate to send a long-term highway bill tied to the Ex-Im Bank to the House later this week, but not before facing other gambits by conservatives, including a procedural vote forced by Sen. Ted Cruz regarding the Iran deal and an effort to deploy a maneuver akin to the “nuclear option.” Full story

Despite Rebukes, Ted Cruz Doubles Down on Charge McConnell Lied (Updated)

McConnell defended his decision to set up a vote on the Ex-Im Bank two days after Ted Cruz called him a liar. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

McConnell defended his decision to set up a vote on the Ex-Im Bank two days after Cruz called him a liar. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 5:05 p.m. | The Senate opened Sunday with a reading by the Senate President Pro Tem Orrin G. Hatch of the Senate’s rules of decorum, in an apparent rebuke of Sen. Ted Cruz calling Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a liar on Friday. And things got more personal from there.

Shortly thereafter, McConnell defended his actions setting up a vote to revive the Export-Import Bank, even though he opposes it — and other top Republicans rebuked Cruz on the floor even as the Texas Republican defended his comments in an extraordinary speech of his own.

The back and forth between Hatch, Cruz and Cruz’s senior Texas colleague, Majority Whip John Cornyn, made for an extraordinary sequence. Full story

Cruz Calling McConnell a Liar Likely to Linger

Cruz spoke against the Ex-Im Bank on July 15. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Cruz spoke against the Export-Import Bank on July 15. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

When Rush Limbaugh asked Sen. Ted Cruz what blowback he expected from accusing Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., of lying about reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank, the Texas Republican said he was gearing up for more fights.

“Teeth are bared, the knives are out and the cartel is coming after me,” Cruz said in the radio interview Friday, as he was on the way to catch a flight.

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July 23, 2015

Senate Taking Scenic Route on Highway Bill (Updated)

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Senators confer before a July 9 news conference. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

UPDATED 7:17 p.m. |Senate negotiators on a long-term highway bill worked out some issues in a new version unveiled Thursday afternoon, but lawmakers appeared on track for weekend work, including potential Sunday votes.

A shortfall in transit funding in the original agreement led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Environment and Public Works ranking member Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., put the deal at risk early, though 62 senators ultimately voted Wednesday to limit debate on advancing to the vehicle for the bill.

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