Ted Cruz: “Hell No!”
“Typically in the Senate you have two votes, you can vote either yes or no. On this particular matter, my vote I intend to be hell no. This is what’s wrong with the Washington Cartel.” This is what Senator Ted Cruz told John Fredericks on his radio show today. Senator Cruz was referring to the massive $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill that was passed by the House. He continued, “Republican leadership has proven to be the most Democratic leaders we have ever seen,” he said on Thursday. “[This] does not honor the promises we made to the men and women who elected us.”
One can assume the “republican leadership” Cruz was referring to was Speaker Paul Ryan. Ryan stated, “In divided government, you don’t get everything you want. I think everybody can point to something that gives them a reason to be in favor of both of these bills.” Unfortunately, there is a major problem with Speaker Ryan’s statement. Conservatives lost on several issues where they could have leveraged the power of the purse. Among these losses are restrictions on Syrian and Iraqi refugee resettlement, the defunding of Planned Parenthood, and blocking President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.
For many conservatives, Paul Ryan’s early tenure as Speaker of the House is looking an awful lot like his predecessor, John Boehner. The spending bill negotiated by Ryan was released in the late night hours on Tuesday evening and consists of over 2,000 pages. This gave House Representative and the public less than two days to read and evaluate it before it would be voted on. Considering Ryan promised to bring order back to the House, this does not bode well for him. In his acceptance speech as Speaker of the House, he said the following:
“But let’s be frank: The House is broken. We are not solving problems. We are adding to them. And I am not interested in laying blame. We are not settling scores. We are wiping the slate clean. Neither the members nor the people are satisfied with how things are going. We need to make some changes, starting with how the House does business.”
It appears he has a short memory. Passing an omnibus spending bill that has more pages than representatives have time, is not the change people were anticipating. Does anyone really believe every member in the House read this bill before they voted on it? This is what the bill with over 2,000 pages looks like:
For conservatives, our hope rests with Ted Cruz and the Senate. Ryan’s bill is basically a blank check handed to Obama to fund many of his unconstitutional programs like: executive amnesty; sanctuary cities; and illegal alien resettlement. There are a few members in the Senate who, along with Cruz, have expressed their intent to vote “no”. Let’s hope that list continues to grow.
This bill adds to an ever-growing national debt. Nothing is free and eventually the laws of economics are going to come calling. The unfortunate truth is that the burden of this debt will fall on the shoulders of our children and grandchildren. This bill is another example of the irresponsible behavior of congressional leaders. Rand Paul closed the Republican Presidential Debate this week with the following statement:
“But what most Americans don’t realize is there is an unholy alliance. They come together. There’s a secret handshake. We spend more money on everything. And we are not a stronger nation if we go further into debt. We are not projecting power from bankruptcy court.”
He is right. Now it’s time for the Senate to do its job and stop this reckless spending in its tracks.