Skip to comments.Border crisis bill derails in House amid Ted Cruz-inspired disarray
Posted on 07/31/2014 1:48:22 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
House Speaker John A. Boehner was always expected to have trouble passing emergency funds for the crisis at the Southwestern border -- but Republican Sen. Ted Cruz made his job impossible.
Cruz, the hard-line Texas Republican, has been working behind the scenes to stir up conservative opposition to a House GOP plan to approve $659 million to secure the border and handle the flow of 57,000 migrant youths.
And it worked. Amid disarray, House GOP leaders canceled Thursday's vote after it was clear they did not have the votes.
The senator's handiwork lighted up the telephone lines in the Capitol after an appearance on a tea party webinar. He further stoked opposition among House Republicans meeting privately over pizza on the eve of Thursday's vote.
House GOP leaders bristled at the senator's interference on their turf. Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.) said Cruz had "hijacked" the Republican Party. Democrats jokingly referred to "Speaker Cruz."
Ultimately, Boehner was pressured into attaching a Cruz-inspired bill that would halt the administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program giving 500,000 young immigrants legal status if they remain in school or join the military.
Cruz had similar legislation in the Senate but was unable to get a vote in that chamber.
(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...
Ted Cruz vs. the Gelding.
Bonehead’s bill is a sham. Kill it!
Thank God for Cruz and Sessions.
We need a thousand more Ted Cruzes!
Or at least 534 in Congress.
seriously think we need a DontGO 2014
don’t ya’ll remember the one in 2008? I say we call Cruz office and inspire him...
link to the kick of the one in 2008..
Was this photo during the primary!
We’ll never get that many, but even if we get about 1/3rd of the GOP of the same character, they will goad the spineless into doing what needs to be done.
Why don’t we just go ahead and demand the House to choose Ted as the new Speaker?
The Constitution does not forbid it.
Wait. . .what. . .Cruz mucking up the House?
Cruz is a Senator, not a representative.
Cruz has no role in the House.
Cruz can put up a fight in the Senate, and good on him and he better, but he is a Senator not a representative and therefore has no role to play ion House actions.
Republicans and democrats both would slam the door on Cruz if tried to interfere with House actions.
Cruz respects the Constitution, he respects separation of powers, he respects decorum and the independent roles of the Senate and House. . .Cruz is NOT the Big Zero.
But I thought that the TEA Party was over, dead, kaput...!
Hell yeah Ted! Woot!
...”And it worked”....
Cruz is the ONLY thing working in Washington!
I like the sound of “Speaker Cruz”
BS..... Cruz is the leader of the entire conservative wing of this nation, and has every right to exercise his influence. And btw, thank God he is!!!!
That is convincing, fact-based logical well-founded argument.
Cruz has no role in the House, he is a Senator.
He is my Senator and he is doing a real man’s job, but the reporter in this article blurs the lines and I doubt the reporter even knows the difference between Senators and Representatives.
Cruz does not have any official role in the House, contrary to what the ignorant say.
You're right of course but I don't think anyone is saying he does. I don't think even the original article said that.
All that's being said about Cruz is that he "worked behind the scenes" to stir up opposition to Boener's bill.
Which he did. That's exactly what happened yesterday.
I think they are meeting again today in a last ditch effort to get something passed before the summer break, so they can go home and say they "did something". Otherwise they are worried the Dems are going to say "look the Republicans did nothing about the border crisis when they were there" even though, of course, this is all their (Obama's) fault.
The thing is though, they are right. That's exactly how this is going to play out (with the help of the complicent media): the Republicans are going to be made to look uncaring again, in the mind of the low-information voter (IOW the ones who watch the Nightly News before settling down to Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune).
This is a disaster of a situation playing right into the Democrat's hands. One side you have the GOPe, pushing their amnesty-but-not-amnesty agenda via attempting legislation that would do nothing to hold Obama's feet to the fire just give him money that ultimately would further his goal. The other side we have Ted Cruz and others fighting against legistlation that has no chance of passing anyway, because it doesn't authorize nearly as much money as Obama wants, so he would never sign it anyway. BUT, I guess, as a matter of "principle" they're opposing it, apparently JUST BECAUSE it comes from (and yes pushes the agenda of) the GOPe.
Again though, even Boener's bill doesn't have a snowball's chance in hell of becoming law even though it's a GOPe bill!
The fact of the matter is conservatism in general comes out of all of this looking like a Keystone Cop operation to the American public at large. I'm not impressed with either "side" right now. One group should have the foresight past their nose to realize no matter WHAT is passed in the House at this point is DOA on the President's desk. So it just behooves them to pass SOMETHING, or else they end up looking like a bunch of baffoons. Not to mention this is taking all the scandals and Obamacare off the minds of the typical voter.
I just hope the attention span of the average low info voter is as short as it's historically been, or else this could indeed be the moment where, once again, the Republican Party snatches defeat from victory.
So you are saying that Cruz is not the defacto leader of legislative conservatives in this country? If not who is? Cruz needs to be arm twisting house members to keep them on the straight and narrow. Otherwise RINO leaders like Boehner and Ryan will run over them like a steam roller.