Skip to comments.GOP rep.: House Republicans 'tired of being abused' by Cruz
Posted on 09/25/2013 1:03:36 PM PDT by Sopater
Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) lashed out at Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) on Friday, saying House Republicans were tired of being abused by the Tea Party favorite who talks big about defunding ObamaCare but wont get in the ring now that its time to fight.
You shouldve been on the floor and back in the Cloak Room," Duffy said Friday on MSNBCs "Morning Joe," referring to the atmosphere among House Republicans this week during discussions on a stopgap spending bill that defunds the healthcare law.
"There was so much anger, so much frustration, because again, weve been abused by these guys for so long, and what I see happening now is people coming out now and calling them out for the hypocrisy of these big tough conservatives who know how to fight but will never get in the ring," he added.
They can hold a filibuster in the Senate if they want, but they cant hold the Senate conservatives together, and they keep trying to put this fight in the House. They can have this fight as long as they want, and theyre not willing to do it."
A spokeswoman for Cruz quickly shot back, accusing Duffy of mischaracterizing the senator's words.
Cruz never said he wouldn't fight for defunding ObamaCare in the Senate, spokeswoman Catherine Frazier wrote in an email to The Hill.
Sen. Cruz has never said those words hes attributing words to Cruz that hes simply never said, Frazier wrote.
There are a number of ways that Republicans can use tools to influence the legislative process and from the beginning Cruz has said all options are on the table, she added. The Senate has the votes if Republicans demand a 60 vote threshold. Anyone who's been listening to everything the senator has done and said understands that he's in this fight to win it, and to suggest he's said or done anything to the contrary is blatantly misleading. We can win if Republicans in both houses stand strong and if Americans continue to demand of their elected officials to do the right thing.
Cruz is at the center of Republican infighting over the strategy of tying ObamaCare defunding to a measure that would keep the government operating past Sept. 30. The House will vote on a measure including the two items on Friday.
House Republicans say Cruz and his allies in the Senate have been promising their constituents that there is a real chance Republicans can defund ObamaCare but are now backing down because of what shouldve been apparent all along: the resolution will never make it out of the Democratic-controlled Senate.
Senate Democrats plan to strip the ObamaCare language from the measure and will use a procedural rule that allows this to be done with a majority vote.
Earlier this week, Cruz released a statement saying that once the Senate strips the resolution of the measure that defunds ObamaCare, the House should continue to fight, even if it means a government shutdown.
Duffy called out Cruz Friday over the release, saying he was waving the white flag.
We came out with a strategy that we were going to hold a vote to defund ObamaCare, give Ted Cruz and some of the others what they wanted, he said. Several hours later, he sent out a press release while we were on the floor voting, he sent out a press release saying, well we cant really hold the Senate; were not going to filibuster; were not going to fight, and the House has to hold.
The infighting started when a handful of lawmakers' aides anonymously blasted Cruz in various Capitol Hill publications. But since then, a number of high profile Republicans in both chambers Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), among them have begun publicly questioning Cruzs tactics.
All summer long, as these ads have been running, as theyve been holding town halls and raising money, weve kept a lid on our anger in the House as weve been the punching bag and bullied by some of these conservatives, Duffy said. And so now with the CR [continuing resolution] vote thats going to come today, were going to give them exactly what they asked for the opportunity to fight ObamaCare.
Duffy said Friday there were days in Congress where House lawmakers couldnt get any work done because constituents flooded the phone lines demanding he and others take up Cruzs cause to defund ObamaCare.
And you saw us explode publicly when they started waving the white flag and saying, listen, were not going to fight here. Were going to send it back to the House, and they can fight it there.
How exactly does a senator “abuse” the members of the House?? He got their phones to ring. That’s how!
And they’ve been ringing and ringing and ringing!
You know what, the conservative constituency is sick and tired of being abused by RINOs who campaign conservatively to get elected and then govern to the left of Democrat moderates!!!
Who the # is Sean Duffy? Vote him out!
The Useless Party can’t even figure out how to say “No” together.
give these clowns enough rope and they will hang themselves....
Ya know, if they’re gonna make sausage they ought to at least make good sausage.
Wails of outrage from the Eunuch Club.
ON Friday? About after 21 hrs. Why are we posting old news?
weve been abused by these guys for so long,>>>>>>>>>>>
I love it when RINOS whine. It means we are over the target and we need to fire for effect.
These damned RINOS are being upstaged by CRUZ , who has spilled their beans, and now the RINOs must fight OR ELSE.
Cruz just made a master move. WELL DONE TED!!!!!
So are any democrats attacking Ted Cruz or are they letting their pet republicans do it all?
Cruz sure has shined the bright light on the yellow cowardice of the Vichy GOPers.
Most of the Republicans have turned into the Party of pussies and wankers . They sicken me . No wonder they have been totally losing since 2006 . We need a new Party . Screw these stupid men .
MTV vs Supreme Court Litigator via Harvard Princeton.
Cruz continues to draw out the statists.
Wisconsin, please primary this idiot out of a job.
A better way to handle these clowns.....
They’d rather be punked by Obama than abused by a fellow Republican... heh, sounds about right...
Sounds like Doofy doesn’t like it when Cruz suggests we #MakeDCListen. Too bad.
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