Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, recently announced that he is running for president. Cruz has advocated for simplifying the tax code, repealing the Affordable Care Act and avoiding minimum-wage increases, writes J.D. Harrison.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on Monday introduced legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The House passed a bill Tuesday with a 239-186 vote in favor of repealing the law and directing committees to develop a replacement. President Barack Obama has said he will veto any bill repealing the ACA.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has been tapped to chair the Senate subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness, which has jurisdiction over NASA. Cruz has been an opponent of climate change research, but it is unclear what his funding priorities for the space agency will be.
The threat of a debt default is being considered by a large number of House and Senate Republicans to restrict, defund or delay the Affordable Care Act. "I think the debt ceiling is a good opportunity ... to defund or at least delay," said Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, who opposed the tactics employed by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in an attempt to use a spending bill to defund the law. Speaking in Maryland Thursday, President Barack Obama said he would not give in. "No Congress before this one has ever, ever in history been irresponsible enough to threaten an economic shutdown -- to suggest America not pay its bills -- just to try to blackmail a president into giving them some concessions," Obama said.
The Senate voted 52-45 against an amendment proposed by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, to stop funding for the Affordable Care Act. The amendment would have been tantamount to repeal, Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, said.