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Ted Cruz blames 'media obsession' with Cancun vacation story on 'acute Trump withdrawal'
Sen. Ted Cruz is chalking the media's "obsession" with his recent trip to Cancun up to "acute Trump withdrawal."The Texas Republican, who returned to his home in Houston on Thursday after he attracted public ridicule for his decision late Wednesday to travel with his family to Cancun, Mexico, as his state faced a historic winter storm and power grid failures, argued that journalists' fixation on his recent travel was driven by the relative quiet of former President Donald Trump since departing office.
Sen. Ted Cruz plans to propose an amendment to President Biden’s $1.9 trillion spending bil that would provide federal scholarship grants to children whose public school is shuttered because of the pandemic.
The Texas Republican wants to make the grants available to children who live in school districts without available in-person instruction. The scholarships would be geared toward children whose parents who cannot afford the high cost of private tutors or private school tuition. In many communities throughout the country where public schools are closed because of the coronavirus, private school classrooms have been open since the start of the fall term.
Cruz says his wife was ‘pissed’ about leaked text messages, paparazzi coverage
The Texas senator repeatedly made light of the Cancún trip scandal on his public apology tour.But the Texas Republican repeatedly made light of the scandal and complained about his own family’s treatment by members of the media, as well as by neighbors who leaked the contents of a compromising group text chain.
“It is a national scandal and an outage that millions of kids are still not in school,” Cruz told the Washington Examiner Thursday in an interview. “If you’re a single mom struggling to hold down a couple of jobs, the options you have for your kids if school is still closed are extremely limited.”
Biden’s American Recovery Plan polls well with voters across the political spectrum. But Republicans on Capitol Hill appear unanimously opposed, calling the legislation a liberal wish list of spending items that have nothing to do with addressing the health and economic impacts of the coronavirus. The package passed the House on a party-line vote with all Republicans in opposition, and the same is expected to happen in the Senate.
Ted Cruz Questions Credentials of Joe Biden's HHS Pick, Insists 'We Need a Scientist'
Xavier Becerra will likely be confirmed despite Cruz' claims that he's an unqualified left-wing activist.Comparing his background to Becerra's, Cruz argued that he is also personally unqualified for the job because he's not a scientist. His latest criticism come as part of an ongoing Twitter spat with Princeton historian Kevin M. Kruse about Becerra's qualifications.
In the Senate, the bill is being considered under an arcane rule known as “reconciliation.” That allows Democrats to circumvent the filibuster and pass the legislation with just 51 votes, rather than the 60 normally needed to overcome a filibuster. But it also creates a lengthy process for considering potentially hundreds of amendments to the package like the one Cruz is proposing Senate Republicans are hoping to use this “vote-a-rama” to slow down passage of the bill and foment voter opposition.
“Nobody knows what’s in it,” Cruz said. “If you ask people: ‘Should the government send you a check?’ Most people say ‘yes.’ That polls well. But that’s actually a very small portion of what this bill is.”
Cruz is proposing a second amendment to the $1.9 trillion package.
The bill would distribute $1,400 stimulus checks to Americans hurting financially because of the pandemic. Although Democrats argue otherwise, congressional Republicans claim illegal immigrants are eligible for those payments under the current language of the bill. Cruz is proposing to bar illegal immigrants from receiving stimulus checks and redirect that money instead to American children and children who are legal United States residents.
While President Biden visits storm-torn Texas, Sen. Ted Cruz will be giving a speech on 'cancel culture' in Florida
The president will tour the state with Gov. Greg Abbott.That's because Cruz has a speaking engagement that day at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando, Florida. He'll be giving a speech entitled "Bill of Rights, Liberty, and Cancel Culture." Cancel culture appears to be a major theme of the conference; former President Donald Trump will give a speech on Sunday entitled "America Uncancelled.
“In the realm of common sense, that should be a very easy amendment, that should pass 100-0,” Cruz said. “The Senate is not the realm of common sense and so I expect most if not all Democrats to vote against it.”
Democrats say flatly that no illegal immigrant would receive a stimulus check, pointing out that in the case of a married couple where one spouse is in the country illegally, only the American citizen or legal resident would receive a payment. The details of Cruz’s two amendments were still being finalized Thursday afternoon.
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Ted Cruz's claims about undocumented people getting $1,400 stimulus checks were shot down by Dick Durbin as 'just plain false' .
Senators Dick Durbin and Ted Cruz scuffled on Saturday, after Cruz said the $1.9 trillion stimulus package included payments to "illegal aliens."Cruz on Saturday morning had proposed an amendment to the bill, seeking to block some $1,400 stimulus checks that he said would be sent to "every illegal alien in America.