Not everyone in the Senate is happy as the House advances a “$1.1 trillion spending package” to the Senate where it’s expected to pass but not without potential delay and some contentious debate.
Some Republicans are upset because “the bill contains wasteful spending and does not sufficiently counter President Obama’s executive action on immigration”.
Meanwhile, on the Democrat front, Sen Elizabeth Warren heads up opposition to the bill, although she lacks the clout to stop it.
Still, the scene is set for perhaps one of the most unusual political odd couplings of all, as Cruz, a conservative Republican and the Progressive Warren both would like to see the effort scuttled. That scenario could see repeating in the year to come as both battle against so called moderates within their respective parties.
A battle between the Senate’s old school veterans and new-breed freshmen such as tea partier Ted Cruz and liberal Elizabeth Warren is taking shape Friday as leaders push for passage of a $1.1 trillion spending bill needed to keep the government running.
Cruz and Warren each boast a national following, but the smart money is on Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and GOP Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the veteran lawmakers who steer the Senate.
Once Reid and McConnell forge an alliance, the fix is in and passage is only a matter of time.
Still, liberals including Warren, D-Mass., and conservatives such as Cruz, R-Texas, will make their points. Warren strongly opposes a provision of the spending bill that loosens rules on banks, while Cruz is incensed that the measure doesn’t block the president’s plan to deport fewer immigrants.