Ted Cruz: ‘Voters Would Be Astonished’ To Know What GOP Senators Say And … – Daily Caller
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz writes in his new book that conservative voters would be âastonishedâ if they knew what Republican senators were really doing and saying in private meetings on Capitol Hill.
âDuring my time in the Senate, Iâve been amazed how many senators pose one way in publicâas fiscal conservatives or staunch Tea Party supporters, for exampleâand then in private do little or nothing to advance those principles,â Cruz writes in his new book, âA Time For Truth.â
âIndeed, if transcripts of our Senate lunches were released to the public, I think many voters would be astonished,â the Republican presidential candidate writes.
In the introduction to this book, Cruz specifically criticizes the Republican leadership in the Senate for how they dealt with the issue of raising the debt ceiling in early 2014.
âFor months leading up to this moment, Republican leaders had pledged to their constituents that when it came time to raise the federal debt limit, they would demand meaningful spending reforms from this president,â Cruz wrote. âRest assured, we were told, the Republicans would insist on it!â
But that wasn’t going to work, so the GOP leadership came up with another idea.
âFor decades, the ordinary procedure in the Senate has been that in order to move to proceed to take up a debt ceiling increase, 60 senators must vote in favor of the motion,â he said.
Cruz said the leadership asked senators to agree to aÂ 50-vote threshold forÂ the debt ceiling legislation.
The GOP leadership, Cruz writes, wantedÂ Republicans to agree to this so “Democrats would then have the votes to raise the debt ceiling on their own. We could all vote no. This way, we could return home and tell the voters that we had opposed raising the debt ceiling, right after consenting to let it happen.â
âMost senators seemed perfectly fine with the leadershipâs proposal,â Cruz writes. âThere were nods and murmurs of assent.â
Cruz said that for him, it âwas too much.â
âI raised my hand and said, âThereâs no universe in which I can consent to that.ââ
He said he explained to the lawmakers: âIf I were to affirmatively consent to making it easier for Democratic Senate leader Harry Reid to add trillions in debtâwith no spending reforms whatsoeverâI think it would be dishonest and unfaithful to the voters who elected me.â
His opposition to theÂ maneuver made many GOP colleagues upset, he said.
âIn the two years Iâve been in the Senate, nothing I have said or done has engendered more venom and animosity from my fellow Republicans than the simple objection I made that afternoon,â Cruz recalled.
Cruz explained: âWhat infuriated them was that by objecting to the unanimous consent deal they had cut, it forced those Republicans who wanted the debt ceiling raised to actually admit so in public with their recorded vote. It prevented them from misleading their constituents.â
Because he and his closest ally, Utah Sen. Mike Lee, refused to agree, Republicans would have to joinÂ Democrats to pass the debt ceiling increase. But this Senate vote was different, Cruz recalled.
âFor this particular vote, however, the clerk was instructed not to read the votes aloud as they were cast,â he wrote. âThat meant the votes could be kept secret, so that the leadership could work on getting enough Republicans who voted against the debt ceiling motion to quietly switch their votes without anyone knowing.â
It eventually passed with 12 Republican senators voting with Democrats.
âThe final result was that President Obama, Harry Reid, and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, with the active complicity of the Republican leadership, were able to add trillions of dollars to the national debtâa bill that we are passing along to our children and grandchildrenâwhile doing nothing whatsoever to control future spending,â Cruz wrote.