Ted Cruz Tells GOP Freshmen To Keep Their Promises On ACA & Immigration

AP

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz warned the 12 new Republican senators elected in 2014 that they must keep their promises on Obamacare and “executive amnesty.”

In a Monday speech at Heritage Action’s conservative policy summit, the Republican firebrand and potential 2016 presidential contender said it would be “transformational” if the dozen freshmen stand firm in their election-year promises to repeal Obamacare and President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration.

“This year there are 12 Republican freshmen. A dozen. Nearly a quarter of the Republican conference are freshmen. And I’ll tell you what I’ve encouraged every freshmen, is that if each of you that just fought and clawed to win an election — if each of you in the conference simply stands up every day and says, ‘Hey, let’s do what we said we would do’ that would have a transformational effect on the United States Senate,” Cruz said. “If each and every senator in January answers questions the exact same way we would’ve answered those questions in October before the election, that’ll have a transformative effect.”

He said that means “using every procedural tool available, including reconciliation” to pass repeal of Obamacare with 51 Senate votes and to “secure the border and stop the president’s unconstitutional amnesty.”

“In my view Republicans should take this opportunity to lead with a big, bold agenda that focuses on jobs, on liberty and on security,” he said.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sahil Kapur is TPM's senior congressional reporter and Supreme Court correspondent. His articles have been published in the Huffington Post, The Guardian and The New Republic. Email him at sahil@talkingpointsmemo.com and follow him on Twitter at @sahilkapur.
LIKE US ON FACEBOOK