I told the president exactly the same thing I have told you here today: That we need to work together and fund the government and at the same time provide substantial relief to the millions of people who are hurting because of Obamacare, who are losing their jobs, being forced into part-time work and losing their health insurance. If the outcome doesn’t impact people who are struggling, who are hurting because of Obamacare, then I don’t think it would be a good outcome.Senator Ted Cruz • Giving his (we suspect not verbatim) account of his meeting today at the White House with President Obama. Cruz was there with several Republican senators, and reportedly confronted Obama over the Affordable Care Act, which as you can see above (to say nothing of his 20+ hour non-filibuster effort last month), he nearly defines vehemency in his opposition. The White House’s negotiating posture on this seems to be holding firm, however, having rejected a Republican offer earlier today to pass a stop-gap six-week debt limit extension in return for negotiations on the budget. source
A true statesman: Ted Cruz spoke today at the Values Voter Summit, a yearly CPAC-esque conservative conference where aspiring GOP presidential candidates often come to flex their muscles. After warning the audience that Obamacare would force abortion pills into the hands of nuns (it won’t), Cruz got heckled by a group of protesters for opposing immigration reform. Like the gentleman he is, Cruz responded by calling the protesters “President Obama’s paid political operatives” and telling them to quiet down so he could talk. This is what they call “acting presidential,” folks. source
President Obama threw down the gauntlet on House Republicans this afternoon, saying in his clearest language yet that there will be no negotiatiations whatsoever over funding the government or raising the debt ceiling. Period. This puts a lot of pressure on the House (or John Boehner, really) to pass “clean” bills to fund the government and avert a shutdown, rather than tie those bills to a wish-list of conservative policies. House Republicans may end up passing a funding bill that defunds Obamacare anyway, but it seems pretty clear that Obama will veto that bill if it lands on his desk. This is the speech a lot of liberal Democrats were hoping for the first time the House GOP tried this, in the summer of 2011. source
I’d remind my colleagues that in the 2012 election, Obamacare…was a subject that was a major issue in the campaign. Well, the people spoke. They spoke, much to my dismay, but they spoke and they reelected the president of the United States.McCain on Senate floor (via arimelber)
As far as inter-party jousting is concerned, it’s little surprise that Senator McCain, who labelled freshman Republican Senator Ted Cruz (as well as Sen. Rand Paul and Rep. Justin Amash) a “wacko bird” some months back, would take a dim view of Cruz’s filibuster-esque display yesterday. There’s also some evidence that he may not be alone in his dislike.
pol102 says: Isn’t Green Eggs and Ham a book about a cranky curmudgeon who says he hates something until he tries it—and then discovers that he actually likes it?
» SFB says: I haven’t checked it lately using an in-depth analysis, but I think it is. — Ernie @ SFB
This has been one of the strangest weeks I’ve ever had in Washington. As soon as we listed Ted Cruz as our featured guest this week, I got unsolicited research and questions, not from Democrats but from top Republicans, to hammer Cruz.Fox News’ Chris Wallace says that Ted Cruz’ own GOP colleagues are trying to throw Cruz under the bus with opposition research—due to Cruz’s push to try to kill the Affordable Care Act.