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Ted Cruz’ debt ceiling filibuster puts John Cornyn on hot seat
Dallas Morning News ^ | 2/12/14 | Todd J. Gillman

Posted on 02/12/2014 12:40:44 PM PST by jimbo123

In case you weren’t glued to C-Span2 for the last hour, here’s what you missed.

The Senate voted 67-31 to quash a filibuster by Sen. Ted Cruz that would have blocked the Senate from lifting the federal debt ceiling. Cruz voted against cloture, naturally. But the top GOP leaders, fellow Texas Sen. John Cornyn and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, sided with Democrats to cut off the filibuster.

The measure raising the federal credit line through March 2015 sailed through the House on Tuesday, after Speaker John Boehner decided that it would be better to let Democrats own it (only 28 Republicans voted aye) than to dig in, insist on budget concessions, and force a stalemate that would spook world markets and risk a default.

Cruz announced the same day that he wouldn’t let the Senate raise the debt ceiling via a simple 51-vote majority. The filibuster threat pushed the threshold to 60.

As GOP strategist John Feehery pointed out,, Democrats control 55 votes, so without Cruz’s maneuver, they would have been fully responsible, politically, for raising the debt ceiling. Instead, Cruz put GOP leadership on the spot.

Cornyn and McConnell – both facing tea party challengers for reelection – took the heat, and voted for cloture.

(Excerpt) Read more at trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Kentucky; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: cloture; cornyn; cornyncloture; cruz; johncornyn; teaparty; tedcruz

1 posted on 02/12/2014 12:40:44 PM PST by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123

Who were the other 30 good guys who voted with Ted?


2 posted on 02/12/2014 12:44:05 PM PST by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: jimbo123
Cornyn and McConnell – both facing tea party challengers for reelection – took the heat, and voted for cloture.

Profiles in Dutch Courage.

3 posted on 02/12/2014 12:45:30 PM PST by Cincinatus (Omnia relinquit servare Rempublicam)
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To: jimbo123

Midge and McCornyn have to go. Worthless RINO traitors.


4 posted on 02/12/2014 12:45:52 PM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: Jane Long
I am answering my own question from senate.gov

NAYs ---31
Alexander (R-TN)
Ayotte (R-NH)
Blunt (R-MO)
Boozman (R-AR)
Burr (R-NC)
Coats (R-IN)
Cochran (R-MS)
Crapo (R-ID)
Cruz (R-TX)
Enzi (R-WY)
Fischer (R-NE)
Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA)
Heller (R-NV)
Hoeven (R-ND)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johnson (R-WI)
Lee (R-UT)
Moran (R-KS)
Paul (R-KY)
Portman (R-OH)
Risch (R-ID)
Roberts (R-KS)
Rubio (R-FL)
Scott (R-SC)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Toomey (R-PA)
Vitter (R-LA)
Wicker (R-MS)

5 posted on 02/12/2014 12:50:13 PM PST by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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To: jimbo123

Thank you Ted Cruz! Give them no place to hid.


6 posted on 02/12/2014 12:50:55 PM PST by Lake Living
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To: jimbo123

“John Cornyn is treating Ted Cruz’s back like his own personal cutlery holder,” Stockman tweeted after the vote.

That’s classic!!


7 posted on 02/12/2014 12:53:33 PM PST by cotton1706
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To: jimbo123
I bet Cruz doesn't get many DC party invites.

I bet Cruz doesn't care.

8 posted on 02/12/2014 12:54:31 PM PST by AU72
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To: BigEdLB

McAyotte voted Nay??? She must be finally getting the messages we’ve all been sending her. She’s still a McGrahamnesty suck up, tho.


9 posted on 02/12/2014 12:55:25 PM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: BigEdLB

Cloture vote:

http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=2&vote=00033#top


10 posted on 02/12/2014 12:58:08 PM PST by deport
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To: jimbo123

Everyone should remember...

The RINO “leadership” said “wait for the debt fight, that’s what we want to shutdown”

And this is what they did.

Cruz and Lee are the real leaders. Corny and McFuneralHome are phonies from the past.


11 posted on 02/12/2014 1:00:34 PM PST by Regulator
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To: jimbo123; infool7; SunshinesStormySummerSon; Ditter; PistolPaknMama; Blue Collar Christian; ...

Ted Cruz Ping!

If you want on/off this ping list, please let me know.

Please beware, this is a high-volume ping list!


12 posted on 02/12/2014 1:01:41 PM PST by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: jimbo123

Blood in the water....

Who are the T.E.A. party members that are challenging Cornyn and McConnell. Support them TODAY!


13 posted on 02/12/2014 1:02:16 PM PST by alloysteel (Obamacare - Death and Taxes now available online. One-stop shopping at its best!)
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To: jimbo123

Think of it this way:

Cruz forced McConnell and Cornyn to publicly back Reid and 0bamacare against the Republican Grass Roots.

Just like Boner in the House.

The “Leadership” is now in full revolt against their caucuses, constituents, and parties.

CRUZ WINS THE SET!


14 posted on 02/12/2014 1:12:56 PM PST by Uncle Miltie (Mohammed was a pedophile and Islam is a Totalitarian Death Cult.)
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To: AU72
I bet Cruz doesn't get many DC party invites. I bet Cruz doesn't care.

He'd rather read Dr. Seuss to his children.

15 posted on 02/12/2014 1:16:17 PM PST by CedarDave (Obama - "That's the good thing as a President, I can do whatever I want" (02/10/14 declaration))
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To: jimbo123

Once again, Senator Cruz unmasks the Trojan Horses in our midst!


16 posted on 02/12/2014 1:17:22 PM PST by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: BigEdLB
national heroes one and all!
17 posted on 02/12/2014 1:17:31 PM PST by Cheapskate (Play loud and carry BIG sticks!)
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To: jimbo123; All
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18 posted on 02/12/2014 1:19:04 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: jimbo123
...after Speaker John Boehner decided that it would be better to let Democrats own it (only 28 Republicans voted aye) than to dig in, insist on budget concessions, and force a stalemate that would spook world markets and risk a default.

Boehner needs to go now - "letting the Dims own it" still screws the People and the markets need to be spooked sooner rather than later to minimize the already horrible damage that is pending.

19 posted on 02/12/2014 1:21:07 PM PST by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: Lake Living

Thank G-d for Ted Cruz. I thought I’d run out of heroes.


20 posted on 02/12/2014 1:22:09 PM PST by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: BigEdLB
And here are the twelve GOPe RINO's who voted Yes:
21 posted on 02/12/2014 1:23:47 PM PST by CedarDave (Obama - "That's the good thing as a President, I can do whatever I want" (02/10/14 declaration))
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To: BigEdLB

The good guys! Thanks for the list.


22 posted on 02/12/2014 1:24:12 PM PST by jersey117
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To: CedarDave

Thune surprises me.


23 posted on 02/12/2014 1:25:19 PM PST by jersey117
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To: jersey117

It is amazing how the MSM twist things. As if McConnell and Bonehead only look bad capitulating because of what Ted Cruz says. Crazy.


24 posted on 02/12/2014 1:29:55 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: jersey117

I used to send money to Thune...but no more. The last letter I returned empty(@ his expense) with a note to remove me from his mailing list.


25 posted on 02/12/2014 1:35:21 PM PST by mickie (My grandson is a Marine~~so proud of him)
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To: jimbo123
That's what I elected him to do, put pressure on liberals. He's doing a fine job.

/johnny

26 posted on 02/12/2014 1:39:27 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: AU72

Safe bet that he doesn’t. He has a lovely wife and two beautiful daughters and is a FAMILY FIRST kind of man.


27 posted on 02/12/2014 1:44:45 PM PST by Howie66 (John Wayne McCornyn...he's just like US! Honest!)
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To: jersey117
Thune surprises me.

Same here. And maybe Liz Cheney should have waited to run against Barrasso in Wyoming instead of Enzi.

28 posted on 02/12/2014 1:46:10 PM PST by CedarDave (Obama - "That's the good thing as a President, I can do whatever I want" (02/10/14 declaration))
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To: musicman

Nice pic of John Wayne McCornyn standing up to Barak Obama.


29 posted on 02/12/2014 1:47:23 PM PST by Howie66 (John Wayne McCornyn...he's just like US! Honest!)
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To: jersey117

Why?

Thune has been on the wrong side of a few issues of late.

I think that Rove has him under his spell.


30 posted on 02/12/2014 1:49:09 PM PST by Howie66 (John Wayne McCornyn...he's just like US! Honest!)
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To: CedarDave

Thune that bastard.


31 posted on 02/12/2014 2:00:23 PM PST by petercooper ("I was for letting people keep their health insurance, before I wasn't". --- Barack Obama)
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To: alloysteel

Dwayne Stoval is the Tae Party guy challenging Cornyn.


32 posted on 02/12/2014 2:00:41 PM PST by matthew fuller
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To: CedarDave

He’d rather read Dr. Seuss to his children.

Any real man would. Bob


33 posted on 02/12/2014 2:02:44 PM PST by alstewartfan (The dawn is turning away The ghost of Charlotte Corday. Al Stewart)
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To: petercooper

Thune has turned out to be a waste. Bob


34 posted on 02/12/2014 2:03:25 PM PST by alstewartfan (The dawn is turning away The ghost of Charlotte Corday. Al Stewart)
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To: jersey117

Sent a donation to Thune’s campaign when he first ran against Daschle. Since then he’s been sending me mail and asks for more donations which gets filed under ‘G’. What a tall fraud he’s turned out to be.


35 posted on 02/12/2014 2:43:46 PM PST by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: jimbo123
"Cornyn and McConnell – both facing tea party challengers for reelection – took the heat, and voted for cloture."

That's an impressive random act of journalism, coming from the (very liberal) Dallas Morning News. They just did Cornyn's Tea Party challengers a HUGE favor.

36 posted on 02/12/2014 2:46:19 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: CedarDave

Not surprise to see Susan Collins of Maine on that list. Does she EVER vote with the Republicans??


37 posted on 02/12/2014 2:50:31 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: jimbo123
The procedural vote was the key. The debt limit itself sailed through on a predictable party-line vote, 55-43.

So, the brave Republican elites voted for cloture, but then went on record as opposed and voted against passage which required only a majority vote.

38 posted on 02/12/2014 3:06:14 PM PST by Will88
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To: Will88

We’re supposed to be thankful for their bravery on the final vote not the details of how it got there.

Crooks are like birds of a feather.


39 posted on 02/12/2014 3:18:55 PM PST by Randy Larsen (Aim small, Miss small.)
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To: Lake Living
Thank you Ted Cruz! Give them no place to hide.

Agreed.

40 posted on 02/12/2014 3:35:03 PM PST by Ron H. (The GOP-e is the Tea Party's best recruiter yet. Stay at it GOP the Tea Party appreciates your help.)
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To: GeronL

Actually it’s the RINO senators who forced Mitch and Cornyn to vote for cloture... before they would and did.
Otherwise Mitch and Cornyn could have voted against it and it would still have passed eith the 10 other Republican votes for it.

They really hurt Mitch’s reelection chances.
There’s a fight over who gets to be Leader next year breaking out among the RINOs IMO.


41 posted on 02/12/2014 3:44:50 PM PST by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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