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Cruz: McConnell Blocked Amendments for Kate’s Law, Defunding Planned Parenthood

Texas Senator and Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz said that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) blocked amendments to defund Planned Parenthood, end the Congressional exemption to Obamacare and for Kate’s Law on Friday’s “Mark Levin Show.”

Cruz, after re-iterating his charges that McConnell lied about whether there was a deal regarding Trade Promotion Authority and the Export-Import Bank, stated, “Now, let me tell you all the amendments Mitch McConnell blocked because he wants to reauthorize this corporate welfare and cronyism. He blocked my amendment to defund Planned Parenthood. In the wake of these gruesome videos, where they appear to admit to multiple felonies, we should be defunding them, and we should defund them this week. He blocked my amendment to repeal the Congressional exception from Obamacare. He doesn’t want a vote on that. It’s another of example of cronyism, [Sen.] Harry Reid (D-NV) and the Obama administration exempted Congress from the plain language from Obamacare. He blocked amendments to end sanctuary cities, to cut off funding. He blocked my amendment for Kate’s Law, mandatory minimum five years for an illegal alien convicted of illegal re-entry. And he blocked also my amendment saying that no Iranian sanctions can be lifted unless and until Iran recognizes Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state, and releases the four American hostages they’re holding.”

He added that all of those are issues that matter to the American people, but they “don’t matter to the lobbyists in Washington.” Cruz also pointed to a tweet sent by Reid praising McConnell’s action on the Export-Import Bank before declaring, “It’s one party, it’s the McConnell-Reid leadership team, and they fight for the same priorities.” Cruz added that everything the new Republican Congress has done so far is “exactly what Harry Reid would have done” and wondered how the GOP leadership’s and Democratic leadership’s priorities differed.

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