[Rushtalk] Cruz Sworn Texas’ First Hispanic US Senator, Will Introduce Bill To Repeal ‘Obamacare’

Carl Spitzer Winblows at lavabit.com
Mon Feb 11 19:19:54 MST 2013


Cruz Sworn In As Texas’ First Hispanic US Senator,

 Will Introduce Bill To Repeal ‘Obamacare’

January 3, 2013 3:32 PM



Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, left, was sworn in today by Vice President Joe
Biden. (credit: Getty Images)
Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, left, was sworn in today by Vice President Joe
Biden. (credit: Getty Images)




AUSTIN, Texas (CBS/AP) — Tea party darling Ted Cruz has been sworn in as
U.S. senator and says his first order of business will be introducing a
bill he knows will never pass.

Cruz is a Cuban-American and former state solicitor general.

On Thursday, he became the first Hispanic to represent Texas in the
Senate.

He has pledged that his first bill would seek to repeal “every syllable
of every word” of the Obama administration’s health care reform law.

Now in office, Cruz said he will keep that promise, even though he knows
Senate Democrats and President Barack Obama will ensure his bill won’t
become law.


Fueled by grassroots support, Cruz could become a rising star among
Capitol Hill conservatives following the retirement of tea party leader
U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina.

During his campaign, Cruz said cutting spending is his top priority and
he wouldn’t go along with other senators to get along. But some analysts
express caution.

Political analyst John Weekley told CBS 11 in Dallas, “Cruz is going to
have to be willful about balancing bringing home the bacon to Texas,
which all Senators are expected to do to some extent, but not so that
cutting the budgets that he disadvantages Texas to Arkansas and Kansas.”

Collin County’s Democratic party chairman, Shawn Stevens, said Cruz must
keep an open mind. “If he wants to be a flag-bearer for extreme causes,
he can certainly choose to do that, but in the end, I don’t think that
will serve Texas well,” he said.

Republicans, like Moses though, believe Cruz brings with him exactly
what the party needs. “What will make him effective is his style of
being vocal, of being visible,” he told CBS 11.

And they say his willingness to fight for what he believes is right.

The former Texas Solicitor General will sit on the Senate Judiciary
Committee.


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