Skip to comments.Senate Leaders McConnell and Cornyn Spurn Cruz to Move Debt Bill to Final Vote
Posted on 02/13/2014 6:02:07 AM PST by bestintxas
The Senate approved a "clean" debt-ceiling bill on Wednesday, but the real drama occurred just before the vote, when the upper chamber's top two Republicans bucked firebrand Sen. Ted Cruz, voting to end debate and bring the bill to a final vote.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Minority Whip John Cornyn came forward to end Cruz's filibuster on the legislation.
The first-term Cruz, who is backed by the tea party and is from Cornyn's state of Texas, had called for a 60-vote threshold to end debate on the measure.
After discussions among GOP senators on the floor of the chamber, McConnell and Cornyn came forward to cast "aye" votes to end debate a move called "cloture."
Both McConnell and Cornyn are facing tough primary elections in their home states this spring against tea party-backed candidates.
In all, 12 Republican senators voted to invoke cloture, joining with 53 Democrats and two independents who caucus with Democrats. The bill then advanced to the floor and was approved 55-43 on a straight party-line vote.
Besides McConnell and Cornyn, the other Republicans voting against Cruz were Sens. John Barrasso, Wyoming; Susan Collins, Maine; Bob Corker, Tennessee; Jeff Flake, Arizona; Orrin Hatch, Utah; Mike Johanns, Nebraska; Mark Kirk, Illinois; John McCain, Arizona; Lisa Murkowski, Alaska; and John Thune, South Dakota.
"Hopefully people will understand that McConnell, in the toughest Republican race in the country, had the courage to vote the way the vast majority of everybody understood the vote needed to go," Corker told The Hill after the vote. "He did that, and I think it shows tremendous courage on his part."
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Being immensely more popular in this state than Cornyn, people would follow Ted's lead.
I always thought it would have been best if Ted would have resigned his Senate job and Perry replace him with a like conservative, then run in primary against Cornyn.
That, my friends, would have been fun to watch the squirming Cornyn campaign.
Newsmax is not telling the whole story here...McConnell and Cornyn HAD to lead those votes because Collins, Mookowski and the other Senate GOP-E hacks refused to take the hit for them. Once they voted first, then the other ten stepped up to vote yes too to try and give them some sort of fig leaf.
He has said that he won't endorse anyone in the primary.
“I wonder if now Ted will come out and campaign for one of Cornyn’s primary opponents.
He has said that he won’t endorse anyone in the primary.”
Yes he said that some time ago, but this is now and read what he said about RINOs in article
Personally, I like the idea of having TED CRUZ becoming the Senior Senator from Texas.
Eventually, I would love to see him become Senate Majority Leader.
I believe that is the very best place for Senator Cruz at this point in time.
“Personally, I like the idea of having TED CRUZ becoming the Senior Senator from Texas.
Eventually, I would love to see him become Senate Majority Leader.
I believe that is the very best place for Senator Cruz at this point in time.”
Yes, as much as I would like to see him run for POTUS, we need his fighting kind on the hill instead of the likes of McConnell and Boehner
That is the big news. It indicates that Collins and Murky are taking some heat at home and are tiring of being played for saps to give the leadership cover.
What Ted has done with his filibuster threats is campaigning for Cornyn's primary opponents. All part of the plan.
To be perfectly honest, I do not think that TED CRUZ should run for POTUS. He has no executive experience to speak of and has only been in the Senate for a year.
I hate to say this, but we have already been down this road and the results have been a disaster.
Honestly, I do not think having a Senator in the White House is a good idea.
That’s just my opinion, though.
I called Cornyn’s Austin office and left a very unfriendly message. Tried later and seems like his voice mail is full or busy. One thing I told them was that there are a lot of people trying to ensure his retirement before the general election.
I also told them he may as well take that ad off the radio that says “I stand up to 0 bummer every time”. Conservative, my horses butt. He is nothing but some chicken excrement.
I think it’s interesting how this lead paragraph was written.
McConnell and Cornyn didn’t spurn Cruz, they spurned their constituents and the American people. Cruz knows that, and hopefully everyone in Texas and Kentucky will know it soon as well.
These two rats, McConnell and Cornyn, like sneaking around in the dark and letting other people due their dirty work for them so they can lie about how they would vote.
They got caught, did not have enough votes to have it passed so they were brought kicking and screaming and exposed themselves.
Who would be your choice?
My top three in no particular order. Sarah Palin. James Mattis. Scott Walker.
you said “Yes, as much as I would like to see him run for POTUS, .....”
I agree with the first part, but Cruz is not eligible to the office of president. He was born in CANADA. He should not ever run for POTUS. The Democrat Party (as well as some Republicans) will use this against him, (as they should).
Obama has a fake birth certificate from Hawaii.
Cruz has a REAL birth certificate from Canada!
They will say, “At least Obama was BORN in the USA”.
They get caught all the time, but do people in TX and KY see. NO
I wonder if now Ted will come out and campaign for one of Cornyn’s primary opponents.
Probably not in the Primary, but I’m thinking he will in the run-off. Ted has ba**s. Could you see Ted touring the State with Cornyn’s Primary opponent and doing TV and Radio Ads. Oh, hell yeah.
“Collins, Mookowski and the other Senate GOP-E hacks...” Forced McConnell and Cornyn to vote for cloture.
That’s the ‘big’ story here IMO.
After forcing them to damage their reelection chances then the ‘moderates’ voted- or changed their vote- to support cloture.
Not to provide a fig leaf for Mitch but for their backstabbing.
Cruz really pulled the curtain from the Kabuki show this time.
That explanation, though common, makes no sense.
After all they DID vote for cloture so they didn’t avoid any ‘heat’.
Probably not in the Primary, but Im thinking he will in the run-off. Ted has ba**s. Could you see Ted touring the State with Cornyns Primary opponent and doing TV and Radio Ads. Oh, hell yeah.
Cruz isn’t going to get involved in Senate races because: 1) it would be a huge breech of decorum and 2) if those he supports lose it will be pinned on him.
Cruz has to pick his battles and avoid being Palinized 24/7 by progressives of both parties. He will never make it to 2016 as a viable POTUS candidate if he is a constant target.
I'd like to hear your analysis. My thoughts are that they've been getting away with the cloture gambit for decades. 'Til recently, no one paid attention to procedural votes like cloture and, so, it was a pain-free way for GOPe to side with 'Rats. It's now wearing thin as more people are educated to the process but the GOPe still, fundamentally, cannot help themselves in siding with 'Rats. So they can't actually resist the cloture call. They just don't want to stand out from the crowd in doing so, especially if the leadership won't be standing there beside them. Collins, Murkowski, etc. are still so in favor of the 'Rat position that they are willing to vote with them but only if only the thin veil of 'standing with the GOP leadership' is drawn over their treason.
You make some very valid points. Thanks for the input.
It won’t be forgotten at election time. Bank on THAT!
Please note that Cruz did not state that he would not endorse anyone in a runoff.
Here it is - with this vote, the Tea Party House & Senate members have declared their independence from the GOPe.
In the House, the conservatives refused to give even one unified conservative idea for Boehner and the GOPe to bargain with, water down or claim credit. Tea Party House members remain ticked off at Boehner & Ryan for the budget deals they made last fall and the strategies employed to continue setting up Republicans as the bad guys in multiple budget/debt ceiling debates (and votes) with Obama & the Democrats. Their messages to Boehner are: "You set up this structure, Bonehead, you wear it!" and "This is your last term as Speaker!" Boehner was forced to allow a clean bill and vote for it because it was the least awful option he had.
Over in the Senate, Cruz smoked McConnell & Cornyn with the same messages. With the cloture demand, Cruz forced Cornyn to whip GOPe votes for a Democrat victory. When Cornyn's whip attempt fell short, Cruz forced McConnell & Cornyn to vote for cloture as most of the spineless GOPe Senate caucus were not willing to vote for cloture UNLESS McConnell & Cornyn did so first. That's how bad things are for McConnell - even his closest establishment "friends and colleagues" in the Senate are unwilling to jump on his grenades. The cherry on top for Cruz is that his outmaneuvering of the GOPe provides ample fodder for McConnell's & Cornyn's conservative primary opponents.
This is a brilliant strategic move for the House & Senate Tea Party caucus. It's finally dawned on them that the GOPe are not their friends. Cruz & Co. intend to quietly keep their powder dry until AFTER the November elections, but will directly and indirectly target the GOPe leaders who MIGHT be defeated in primaries.
Good luck Boehner, McConnell & Cornyn in your attempts to falsely pad your "conservative" credentials before November!
I think the only difference is in where we’re looking. You’re looking at the conservative-RINO dynamic and I’m looking at what happened within the RINO caucus.
Got some more info:
“Sens. John Barrasso of Wyoming, John Cornyn of Texas, Jeff Flake of Arizona, Orrin G. Hatch of Utah, John McCain of Arizona and John Thune of South Dakota appear to have switched their votes from nay to aye.
Susan Collins (ME)
Bob Corker (TN)
Mike Johanns (NE)
Mark Kirk (IL)
Lisa Murkowski (AK)
According to a tweet by McCaskill there were 3 votes from Republicans for cloture before Mitch voted.
Only 5 R votes were needed meaning 2 of those 5 were balking. My guess is Susan and Murky.
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