White House says Ted Cruz voted against highway project he touted as 'victory'




  • In Politics
  • 2022-09-22 12:29:54Z
  • By The Guardian
Photograph: Elizabeth Frantz/Reuters
Photograph: Elizabeth Frantz/Reuters  

The Texas Republican senator Ted Cruz called a new highway project "a great bipartisan victory" that will bring "jobs to Texas and millions of dollars to the state".

The White House responded: "Senator Cruz voted against this."

A spokesperson for Cruz said the senator "made it possible" - but did not contest that Cruz voted against the $1.5tn spending package which contained the highway project.

With Ben Ray Luján, a New Mexico Democrat, Cruz co-sponsored an amendment adding the Ports to Plains highway project to the spending bill earlier this year.

Earlier this month, Cruz tweeted: "The Ports to Plains highway will run from Laredo all the way up to North Dakota and into Canada. This project will bring jobs to Texas and millions of dollars to the state. A great bipartisan victory!"

After the White House hit back, an anchor for KAMC News, a Texas TV station whose interview Cruz used in his tweet, shared footage of a follow-up question.

Ryan Chandler asked: "Why shepherd this federal highway designation through the process and then end up voting against the actual legislation that put it into law?"

Cruz said: "That happens frequently in the United States Senate, where you end up working to get agreement and to pass a particular piece of legislation, but then it gets rolled into a giant bill that has a whole bunch of good things and bad things.

"There have been dozens of different pieces of legislation that I wrote, that I got support for, that I got passed into law, but the ultimate vehicle they got stuck into had other elements that were bad and wasteful and didn't make sense, so I'd vote against the giant mess of a bill but at the same time, enact the legislative victory that's focused on jobs in the state of Texas."

The other Texas US senator, John Cornyn, voted for the spending bill. He said then: "The Senate has the responsibility not just to keep the lights on but also to make critical investments in our country.

"… Despite its flaws, despite the crazy process by which we find ourselves here voting on this $1.5tn appropriation bill, notwithstanding all the reasons I could cite why maybe I should vote against it, I think there's enough good in this bill to support it."

On Wednesday, Cruz's spokesperson stuck to Republican midterms messaging when he called the appropriation bill "a Democrat spending spree that contributed to an economic recession for American families".

But Jaime Harrison, chair of the Democratic National Committee, was happy to offer Cruz "a civics lesson".

"When you vote 'NO' on legislation it means … wait for it … you DO NOT SUPPORT the bill, therefore you should not take credit for something you didn't vote for and support."

COMMENTS

More Related News

'Waste, fraud, abuse': GOP lawmaker says House committee will investigate COVID spending

Some Republican lawmakers also said the next Congress will investigate President Joe Biden's family and the withdrawal in Afghanistan.

Fauci Urges Officials to
Fauci Urges Officials to 'Keep the Politics Out' of Covid-19 Origin Probes

White House chief medical adviser Anthony Fauci on Sunday lectured that officials must ensure that future probes into Covid-19 origins are not tainted with...

Hutchinson calls Trump meeting with Nick Fuentes
Hutchinson calls Trump meeting with Nick Fuentes 'very troubling'

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R), who is considering challenging former President Trump for the White House in 2024, called Trump's recent dinner with white ...

Washington, DC shooting blocks from the White House leaves 1 injured: report
Washington, DC shooting blocks from the White House leaves 1 injured: report
  • US
  • 2022-11-27 08:48:19Z

Metropolitan Police officers in Washington D.C. responded to a call of shots being fired blocks away from the White House. A woman was reportedly injured in ...

President & First Lady Call Club Q Owners to Offer Their Condolences
President & First Lady Call Club Q Owners to Offer Their Condolences
  • US
  • 2022-11-26 16:09:11Z

The mass shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs left five people dead.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

  • Vikihjh
    (2022-10-30 01:57:34Z)

    Занимаюсь очищением уже более 10 лет.
    И вот недавно услышал информацию что продукты пчелы очень нужны и отлично укрепляют иммунитет.
    Перечитав много информации на сайте, я узнал много полезного для себя.
    А так же нашел массу народных рецептов на основе продуктов пчелы.
    Вот кстати несколько хороших статей:
    http://ujlcjrw.flyanglersonline.com/bb/member.php?504475-Vikiztz
    http://forum.ll2.ru/member.php?706931-Vikiogk
    http://www.forex09.com/members/265074-vikihsp
    http://www.oldpeoplewholikebirds.com/forum/memberlist.php?mode=viewprofile&u=78126
    http://jeepspeed.net/v2/member.php?523308-Vikislm

    Думаю Вам будет полезно...

    REPLY

Top News: Politics