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Freedom Minute: Defund Obamacare Now

July 22nd, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) today released the latest in a series of “Freedom Minute” segments in which he notes more and more Americans are standing up against Obamacare and now is the time to defund it.

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Hi, I’m Ted Cruz and this is the Freedom Minute.

As the nation starts to implement Obamacare, more and more Americans are standing up against it.

The latest to raise their voice is organized labor, including the Teamsters Union led by James Hoffa.

In a remarkable letter, three prominent unions said: Obamacare will “destroy the foundation of the 40-hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class.”

That’s not surprising, as Obamacare penalizes workers above 30-hours per week, and companies above 50 full-time employees.

On top of this, the immigration bill passed last month in the Senate compounds the problem by effectively imposing a $5,000 tax penalty on hiring U.S. citizens.

That makes no sense. Americans deserve better. We must defund Obamacare now, and I’m leading the fight to do so.

Sen. Cruz Presents Legislation to Ensure Federal Law Does Not Preempt States’ Abilities to Require ID for Voter Registration

July 19th, 2013

Bill will close loophole in ‘Motor Voter’ law recently created by U.S. Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) today presented legislation that will close a loophole in the federal “Motor Voter” law that preempts states from enforcing requirements to ensure those registered to vote are U.S. citizens. Cosponsors of his bill include Sens. David Vitter (LA), Mike Lee (UT), John Cornyn (TX), Tom Coburn (OK), Thad Cochran (MS), Mike Crapo (ID), Jeff Sessions (AL), Ron Johnson (WI) and Jim Risch (ID).

“The right to vote is a fundamental building block of our nation’s democratic process and it is crucial that we have the measures in place to uphold the integrity of our elections,” said Sen. Cruz. “This bill ensures that states can enforce the commonsense requirement that those registered to vote must actually be U.S. citizens.”

The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled in Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. that the federal Motor Voter law, the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, preempted Arizona’s commonsense requirement that a person present concrete evidence of citizenship before they are allowed to register to vote.

As Justice Alito explained in his dissent, this is not what Congress intended thorough federal Motor Voter legislation. The Court’s ruling leaves a hole in federal law that allows non-citizens to register by using the promulgated federal form without showing proof of citizenship. This encourages voter fraud and undermines efforts to ensure elections are fair and accurately reflect the will of U.S. citizens.

Sen. Cruz also presented an amendment to immigration legislation that would have fixed this loophole, but Senate Democrats refused to allow a vote on it.


Sen. Cruz Statement on Perez Confirmation Vote

July 18th, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) released the following statement regarding the Senate's vote to confirm Thomas Perez as Secretary of Labor:

I am disappointed in the Senate’s vote to confirm Thomas Perez as Secretary of Labor. Mr. Perez’s record indicates a lack of respect for the rule of law in his efforts to reach a misguided definition of ‘justice.’ From his uncooperative and questionably ethical handling of cases involving housing discrimination law in St. Paul, MN, to recent whistleblower reports accusing him of substantial misconduct at his previous role at the Department of Justice, Mr. Perez has not proved himself capable of carrying out the duties of this position.

I cannot support a nominee who allows the government to favor equality of outcome versus equality of opportunity, and so I voted against his confirmation.


Sen. Cruz: Current Immigration Bill Doesn’t Fix the Problem

July 15th, 2013

Addresses Black American Leadership Alliance, DC March for Jobs

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) today spoke at the Black American Leadership Alliance’s D.C. March for Jobs to address concerns with the aspect of the Gang of Eight bill that would impose a penalty on U.S. employers for hiring U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents.

“One of the most egregious aspects of the gang of eight bill is its intersection with Obamacare, which penalizes businesses that hire a U.S. citizen or a legal permanent resident over an illegal immigrant,” Sen. Cruz said. “This is utterly and completely indefensible. If this bill passes it will increase unemployment: it will increase African American unemployment, Hispanic unemployment, youth unemployment and even legal immigrant unemployment.”

The senator continued, “This bill most hurts those who are struggling to climb the economic ladder. We need to fix this problem, we need to fix our broken immigration system we need to secure our borders now, we need to welcome legal immigrants and we need to uphold the rule of law and the U.S. Constitution.”

Sen. Cruz presented an amendment that would have fixed this issue by defunding Obamacare until there are no more individuals with RPI status. But the Senate Democrat majority blocked his request.

He also presented several amendments that would have strengthened border security measures; reformed the high-skilled temporary worker program; modernized, streamlined and expanded legal immigration; prohibited federal, state, or local entitlement benefits for those here illegally; and ensured that those in the U.S. illegally are not given a path to citizenship. Senate Democrats refused to allow a vote on any of these amendments.


Sen. Cruz Statement on Napolitano Resignation

July 12th, 2013

“The next DHS Secretary gets unchecked discretion over U.S. border security”

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) today made the following statement concerning DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano’s resignation:

Secretary Napolitano’s resignation announcement coincides with Senator Reid’s brazen attempt to silence individual senators and give all power over executive nominations to the White House and the Senate majority by threatening to use the so-called ‘nuclear option.’ At the same time, he silenced the minority by denying them the right to offer amendments to immigration reform on the Senate floor. The result? The next DHS Secretary gets unchecked discretion over U.S. border security.

The Senate is getting ready to hand complete control of immigration and border security to President Obama and Harry Reid. The nuclear option would make it possible for the majority to ram through a partisan nominee for Secretary of Homeland Security – who will then oversee border security, immigration, and counter–terrorism policies – with no minority input.

I hope the Senate will have a meaningful role in confirming the next Secretary. Moreover, I hope the President’s nominee will be dedicated to actually enforcing the law as written, rather than catering to the political agenda of the White House.


Sen. Cruz: Delaying only one aspect of this mess leaves Americans holding the tab

July 11th, 2013

Proposes Bill to Fully Defund Obamacare

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) is today introducing legislation to fully defund Obamacare. Co-sponsors of the bill include Sens. Lamar Alexander, (R-TN), John Barrasso (R-WY), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Richard Burr (R-NC), John Cornyn (R-TX), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Dean Heller (R-NV), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Mike Lee (R-UT), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Rand Paul (R-KY), Jim Risch (R-ID), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Tim Scott (R-SC), Pat Toomey (R-PA), David Vitter (R-LA), and Roger Wicker (R-MS).

Sen. Cruz issued the following statement:

“Consistent with my long-standing position that no continuing resolution or other appropriations measure should fund Obamacare, I am introducing a bill to permanently defund the law.

The Administration’s recent announcement to delay the onerous and unpopular employer mandate until after the 2014 election, coupled with its announcement to delay income and health status eligibility requirements in favor of an honor system for the most expensive entitlement for our generation, confirms what has been obvious from the start—this law is a colossal mistake.

Yesterday, all 46 Senate Republicans called on President Obama to permanently delay the law. This legislation would guarantee that result by ensuring not one more taxpayer dime is wasted in its establishment.

The Administration’s selective enforcement of Obamacare’s implementation is no indication that the law is going away. To the contrary, it demonstrates the President’s unyielding determination to force the unworkable law on the American people.

Delaying only one aspect of this tangled mess leaves Americans holding the tab for an irreparably broken law they do not support. Moreover, it leaves in motion many of the most egregious parts of the law, ensuring they will take root in just a few short months. This is untenable.

I agree with the lead Senate author of Obamacare, Democrat Senator Max Baucus, that Obamacare has become a “huge train wreck.”

President Obama wants to delay the employer mandate – giving large businesses a temporary reprieve from part of Obamacare’s job-killing impact – but he is unwilling to give hardworking American families the same consideration. But everyone, not just large corporations, deserves to be spared being forced to participate in the Obamacare “train wreck.”

Moreover, in light of the admitted misconduct of the IRS – targeting those whose political views differed from the President’s – we cannot trust the IRS to implement Obamacare. The American people cannot trust the IRS to create and enforce the largest federal database in history, containing the intimate details of our personal healthcare matters.

And we cannot just wait for this law to implode under its own weight. The clock is ticking, and the time to act is now – Obamacare full implementation is set for January 1, 2014, but the enrollment for new entitlements starts on October 1, 2013.

We must remain vigilant in making the argument that Obamacare harms economic growth, disrupts the doctor-patient relationship and tramples on our liberties. But it doesn’t end there. We must guarantee that American taxpayers do not spend one more dime to implement Obamacare.

Defund Obamacare Act of 2013


Sen. Cruz Statement on Passage of House Bill 2

July 10th, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) today released the following statement on the passage of Texas House Bill 2, banning abortions after 20 weeks in Texas:

House Bill 2 is an important step that will strengthen protections of innocent, unborn life and improve the safety and health of Texas women. I hope the Texas Senate will take swift action to pass this legislation for the good of all Texas children and their mothers.

Our nation was founded on the principle that we are endowed by our Creator with unalienable rights – among them, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. America’s founders knew that life comes first. Without life, there is no liberty; without life, there is no pursuit of happiness.

I am incredibly thankful for and proud of the principled leaders in our Texas Legislature and the many Texas groups who have brought this issue to the forefront, refusing to give up on this important legislation.


Sen. Cruz: Any Effort to Pack D.C. Circuit Court Should be Decried

July 10th, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) rebuked President Obama’s attempt to pack the D.C. Circuit Court in the Senate Judiciary Committee saying:

“The President and senior Democrats on this Committee have made clear that they want to pick a fight on the D.C. Circuit. And unfortunately I believe part of this pressure, part of the effort of stopping qualified Republican nominees and then deciding to pick a fight now is a desire to pack the court.

“The D.C. Circuit has been a court that has been holding this Administration accountable and in particular holding rulemaking accountable that has been contrary to federal law. And I believe there is an activist base that is pressuring the President, that is pressuring senior Senate Democrats, to get judicial nominees on the D.C. Circuit to protect the regulations coming from this Administration.

“And I think any effort to pack the court because the Administration doesn’t like the outcomes of judges applying the law fairly should be decried.”

View video of the Senator’s remarks below:


Sen. Cruz Statement on Perry Announcement

July 8th, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) today released the following statement on Gov. Rick Perry’s announcement not to run for re-election:

Gov. Perry led the Great State of Texas during a period that will forever be etched in history for unprecedented job creation and economic growth – his leadership has helped empower all Texans to pursue and achieve unlimited opportunity. We should all be grateful to Gov. Perry for the work he has done to keep Texas the most prosperous state in the nation.


Sen. Cruz: Without Life, There is no Liberty

July 8th, 2013

Submits Testimony to Texas Legislature Supporting 20 Week Abortion Ban

AUSTIN, TX – U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) today submitted testimony for the record in support of Texas Senate Bill 1, which will ban abortions after 20 weeks and raise standards of care at abortion clinics by requiring them to meet the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers. Part of Sen. Cruz’s testimony will be read at the Stand for Life Rally on Monday evening at the Texas State Capitol.

“I want to thank the thousands of Texans who are engaging in the legislative process to speak up for the unborn,” Sen. Cruz said. “The horrors exposed during the recent murder trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell compel us, in Texas and nationally, to take action. Our opponents seem to advocate little to no restrictions on abortion. In the past, such advocates claimed abortion should be ‘safe, legal, and rare.’ Today, their position can fairly be interpreted as ‘anytime, on-demand, and everywhere.’ This extreme embrace of unlimited late-term abortion is indefensible.

“Our nation was founded on the principle that we are all created equal and endowed by our Creator with ‘certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.’ America’s founders knew that life comes first. Without life, there is no liberty; without life, there is no pursuit of happiness.”

Since Roe vs. Wade was passed in 1973 – 40 years ago – 55.5 million babies have been aborted in the United States. More than 80,000 abortions were performed in Texas in 2012 alone.

In his testimony, Sen. Cruz noted that even many European nations have stricter abortion laws than the U.S., where our laws remain among the most extreme in the world. For instance, Spain, Italy, Portugal and France all ban abortions after 14 weeks. Additionally, 11 other U.S. states have already passed 20-week abortion bans.

Sen. Cruz also commended the Texas groups who have worked tirelessly to promote SB 1 and HB 2 including Concerned Women for America–Texas, The Heidi Group, Texans for Life, Texas Alliance for Life, Texas Eagle Forum, Texas Right to Life, and Texas Values.

View the Senator’s full testimony, as submitted for the record to the Texas Senate Committee on Health and Human Services below:

Sen. Ted Cruz Written Testimony Supporting SB 1/HB 2