Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz is not happy with Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, and was very vocal about it on the Senate floor this morning. In his remarks to the Senate, Senator Cruz accused Senator McConnell of repeatedly lying to him and the rest of the Republican senators. Senator Cruz is currently running for the Republican presidential nomination.
At issue was the federal Export-Import Bank and its reopening. The Export-Import Bank offers loan guarantees and other assistance to the foreign customers of American exporters. The authorization for the bank ran out on June 30. Senator Cruz was incensed when Senator McConnell allowed a vote to resurrect the Export-Import Bank. The measure will almost certainly pass now that it is up for a vote. The vote could reopen the bank as soon as Sunday.
According to the remarks, Senator McConnell had promised Senator Cruz that there was no deal to bring the Export-Import Bank matter up for a vote. Mr. Cruz spoke of a closed-door confrontation with Mr. McConnell in May in which the majority leader repeatedly denied that there was a deal to keep the Export-Import Bank open.
Senator Cruz remarked, “I cannot believe he would tell a flat-out lie.” He continued on to say that allowing the vote was “an absolute demonstration that not only what he told every Republican senator but what he told the press over and over and over again was a simple lie.”
This is a far different tone than taken by the Senator recently. Earlier this month, Senator Cruz was asked about fellow Republican White House hopeful Donald Trump and the remarks he made about Senator John McCain’s wartime heroism. Cruz responded, “In my time in the Senate I haven’t impugned the character of Republicans or Democrats and I don’t intend to start today.”
Mr. Cruz arrived in the Senate in 2013. During his tenure, he has encouraged numerous controversial measures, including the shutting down of the Department of Homeland Security over executive orders on immigration. He was also was also instrumental in shutting down the government two years ago in an effort to defund the Affordable Care Act.