Just days after publicly calling the majority leader a liar on the Senate floor, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, accusing Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., of spearheading the effort to keep taxpayer funds going to Planned Parenthood.
In a statement that mentioned “gruesome videos of senior officials of Planned Parenthood discussing the selling of body parts of unborn children,” Cruz blasted McConnell for blocking an amendment by Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, to defund the abortion provider.
“These videos are horrifying, and yet it saddens me greatly that the Republican leader led the effort to continue the taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood,” charged Cruz.
He added, “To the millions of Americans who rallied in November believing if only we got a Republican majority in the Senate something would be different, this was a clarifying and a sad moment.”
Lee’s amendment would have been attached to the Highway Bill, which leaders in both parties consider crucial to pass.
In the end, Lee was unable to rally the support of a mere 10 Republican senators needed for the chamber to consider his amendment to defund Planned Parenthood.
McConnell had apparently instructed GOP senators to not let Cruz’s amendment even get a vote.
Cruz also said the incident illustrated de facto one-party rule in the nation’s capital by what he calls the “Washington cartel.”
“We’ve just seen something extraordinary on the Senate floor. The American people elected a Republican majority believing that a Republican majority would be somehow different from a Democratic majority in the United States Senate. Unfortunately, the way the current Senate operates, there is one party, the Washington party.”
Cruz reiterated his previous contention that McConnell had followed the same agenda Reid would have as majority leader, had Democrats retained control of the Senate in the November elections.
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