Texas’ New Senator Ted Cruz Tells It Like It Is!
What a joy it has been to watch Texas’ newest Senator Ted Cruz in action! In the short time he has been serving in Washington, he has already become a strong voice on the Hill and made an enormous impact for the conservative values that we hold so dear.
On January 31, Senator Cruz grilled Secretary of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel, reprimanding him for a number of failures, among them - not turning over his speeches for the last five years to the Armed Services Committee. Hagel had previously acknowledged giving “hundreds” of speeches, but he only turned over four of them to the committee. Senator Cruz minced no words in telling him that his submission was insufficient in order for the committee to assess his record and qualifications. In a Perry Mason-like fashion, Senator Cruz also cited multiple instances where Hagel had been critical of Israel and had even suggested that the US was perceived as “the world’s bully.” The Senator drove his point home when he stated, “To explicitly agree with the characterization of the United States as the ‘world’s bully,’ I would suggest is not the conduct one would expect of a Secretary of Defense.”
Earlier in the week, Senator Cruz held nothing back during the Gun Control Hearings and pointed out the tendency of Washington to let emotion drive policy-making off the rails and operate in a “fact-free zone.” The Senator was unrelenting on protecting the Constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens. He pointed out the bad policies of a Congress seeking to restrict the liberties of law-abiding citizens rather than focusing on the violent criminals who should be targeted. The Senator went on to lay out the irony of how a small, non-functional piece of plastic is the only difference between a legal and an illegal firearm - according to Sen. Feinstein’s proposed ban on assault weapons.
In addition, Senator Cruz is fulfilling a campaign promise that the first bill he would file would be legislation to repeal Obamacare. Of course, with a Senate controlled by the Democrats and the Affordable Care Act of 2010 being the President’s signature piece of legislation, the bill is sure to die. Regardless, it is admirable to see such commitment and follow-through from an elected official. Senator Cruz commented, “Unfortunately, this bill will not pass in the current Congress, but I will continue working hard until we have the votes to repeal Obamacare in its entirety.”
On a recent trip to Washington, D.C., I had the great privilege of visiting with the Senator. Although many of us worked diligently on his campaign and simply know him as Ted, I took great pleasure in finally being able to address him as Senator Cruz! I look forward to many years of watching him stand strong for our Constitution and the future of Texas.
Susan Fletcher, Senator Ted Cruz and Adryana Boyne visit in Senator Cruz’ Washington, D.C. office during a recent trip.