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Cruz: McConnell Used Reid’s Technique to Block Vote on Defunding Sanctuary Cities

Texas Senator and Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz accused Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) of filling the amendment tree, “the exact same procedural abuse of power [Sen.] Harry Reid (D-NV) used to do” to “prevent any vote on sanctuary cities” on Friday’s “Rush Limbaugh Show.”

Cruz, after re-iterating his previous charges that McConnell lied when he said there was no deal for the Export-Import Bank in exchange for votes in favor Trade Promotion Authority, stated, “there were a bunch of other amendments that I had introduced, that other senators had introduced, for example, an amendment to defund Planned Parenthood. We’ve seen the shocking, horrible videos. Mitch McConnell filled the amendment tree, which is the exact same procedural abuse of power Harry Reid used to do, to defund Planned Parenthood. An amendment to stop sanctuary cities, that was another amendment, cut off federal funds to sanctuary cities. Well, Mitch McConnell filled the amendment tree to prevent any vote on sanctuary cities. The priority of leadership is what the lobbyists and giant corporations and special interests in Washington want. It’s why we’re bankrupting our kids and grandkids.”

Cruz added, “At the end of the day, you think about who leadership listens to. I was having a conversation with a few senators on the Senate floor last week, and they were saying, has the divide between leadership and the grassroots ever been this wide? And we were all agreeing it wasn’t. And it’s because, leadership listens to K Street and Wall Street, it’s the big money donors. The actual grassroots conservatives who gave us a majority in both houses, they don’t listen to at all. So, can you think of a single priority, for a real live conservative, that this Senate Republican majority has voted on? It’s all been what the lobbyists care about.”

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