Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has been talking up the Ports-to-Plains Corridor legislation that was folded into a $1.5 trillion omnibus spending package.
Cruz co-sponsored an amendment to the bill but eventually voted against the overall spending package.
Now the White House is calling out Cruz for having voted against the legislation while taking a victory lap over the Ports-to-Plains Corridor.
Cruz Hits Back
Cruz and Sen. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) worked together on the bipartisan amendment.
However, Cruz never supported the big spending package.
The Ports-to-Plains Corridor would have easily passed if it were put on the floor on its own.
However, as is typical of DC, a popular piece of legislation was folded into something unpopular to get people to approve the overall package or face criticism.
After the White House sent out a tweet calling out the fact that Cruz voted against the omnibus legislation, he was at least given a chance to explain why, and he nailed it…
And we asked him why. Here's his response. pic.twitter.com/3OImvbskz3
— Ryan Chandler (@RyanChandler98) September 21, 2022
That has always been my problem with these big spending packages.
In this case, they took a piece of legislation that made sense knowing the GOP would vote against it solely to attack Republicans.
This is how DC operates and both parties are guilty of it, but Democrats have put the tactic into overdrive with Biden’s big spending packages.
Cruz’s press secretary, Dave Vasquez explained further, “What he voted against was a Democrat spending spree that contributed to an economic recession for American families.
“Ports-to-Plains could have easily and unanimously passed the Senate as a separate bill, but it was rolled into the pork-filled omnibus package Democrats rammed through Congress.”
Democrats have also done this with funding for the military and police officers.
They attach this legislation to garbage spending solely for the purpose of calling out Republicans for not supporting that one small piece of the legislation.
In an ideal world, legislation is passed on individual issues rather than dozens of different areas that are not even related.
Then we could really get people on the record as to what they do and do not support.
DC is all about gamesmanship, however, so that will never happen.
Source: The Hill