Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) blocked a middle-of-the-night/early Wednesday morning try by Senate Majority Chief Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to cross a revised model of the “For The Individuals” Act.
Schumer took a stab at sneaking by way of the Democrat Get together’s signature piece of laws, which primarily quantities to a federal takeover of U.S. elections.
The laws can also be a countermove to deal with current actions by Republican led states to enact revised voting and election legal guidelines. Democrats have characterised these new legal guidelines as “restrictions,” and haven’t been in a position to cross the Act due to GOP Senate filibusters.
Republicans had efficiently filibustered the invoice in June, and had further assist from Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), who had voiced some opposition to some parts of the invoice.
Schumer’s try at pushing the invoice by way of got here within the type of “unanimous consent,” which requires the objection of just one Senator to kill voting on a invoice.
Sen. Ted Cruz blocked Senate Majority Chief Chuck Schumer’s try to cross Democrats’ signature voting rights package deal — a revised model of the “For the Individuals Act” — within the early hours of Wednesday morning. https://t.co/eQBYPuCIXq
— Axios (@axios) August 11, 2021
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Dems Move Pork-Crammed Spending Decision Invoice, Then Attempt Election ‘Reform’
After nearly fifteen hours of votes on varied amendments, and no Republican votes, the Senate handed the large $3.5 trillion funds decision invoice. The invoice, which handed 50-49 alongside get together strains, accommodates most of liberal Democrats want checklist gadgets, together with youngster care, paid depart, schooling, well being care, and local weather initiatives.
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Round 4 a.m., after a marathon session of voting on amendments after which passing the funds decision, Schumer instantly launched into attempting to cross the revised For The Individuals Act.
Schumer shortly obtained his one Senator objection in Sen. Cruz, who mentioned, “This invoice would represent a federal authorities takeover of elections. It will represent a large energy seize by Democrats.”
Schumer replied with, “We’ve got reached a degree on this chamber the place Republicans seem to oppose any measure irrespective of how frequent sense to guard voting rights and strengthen our democracy.”
Senate Minority Chief Mitch McConnell (R-KY) mentioned of the Democrat stunt, “Right here at nighttime, in addition they need to begin tearing up the bottom guidelines of our democracy and writing new ones in fact on a purely partisan foundation.”
Do we actually need the federal authorities dealing with our elections?
Since Democrats didn’t cross their so-called “For the Individuals Act,” they’re trying to introduce an analogous invoice known as HR 4.
This does NOT make it simple to vote, onerous to cheat!https://t.co/bK5hi2Njn3
— Tea Get together Patriots (@TPPatriots) August 4, 2021
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The Finances Decision Invoice And The GOP
However not so quick.
Whereas McConnell was busy reprimanding Democrats about sneaking laws into in a single day Senate periods, McConnell and 19 different Republicans had no hassle siding with Democrats in passing a $1.2 trillion infrastructure package deal, solely 23% of which is definitely infrastructure.
The “McConnell Republicans,” as they’ve been dubbed by conservative host Mark Levin, are the standard suspects. The names that come to the highest of the checklist embrace Collins, Murkowski, McConnell, Romney, and a bunch of others.
A press launch from Sen. John Kennedy’s (R-LA) workplace lists some disturbing details concerning the invoice. Kennedy claims that Senators had been instructed it might be paid for, however it’s going to enhance the deficit by $256 billion.
Kennedy additionally alleges that whereas Repubicans had been instructed the invoice wouldn’t increase taxes, it raises taxes on Louisiana trade particularly. Kennedy known as the invoice an “inflation bomb.”
Mark Levin TORCHES the 19 Republicans Who Voted for $1 Trillion “Infrastructure” Invoice 🔥🔥🔥https://t.co/Szy1DSzsri
— Bongino Report (@BonginoReport) August 11, 2021
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Cruz Blocks International Coverage Nominees
Along with raining on Democrats goals of controlling elections, Sen. Cruz additionally blocked a number of State Division nominees in an try to strain Joe Biden over the Russian Nord Stream 2 Pipeline.
The Senate International Relations Committee tried to get the affirmation of roughly 30 nominations handed, once more utilizing unanimous consent in the course of the Senate’s all-nighter, however Cruz blocked all of them.
Cruz’s blocking of the nominations is in protest of the sanctions reversal on the pipeline by the Biden administration final month.
Cruz acknowledged Wednesday morning, “I’ve made clear to each State Division official, to each State Division nominee, that I’ll place holds on these nominees except and till the Biden administration follows the legislation and stops this pipeline and imposes the sanctions.”
Sen. Ted Cruz: Stories of Deal to End Nord Stream 2 Pipeline a ‘Disaster for the US and Our Allies’
“We all the time knew Biden was in mattress with Putin, now they’re spooning.” pic.twitter.com/lOaRvoKYk9
— Steve Visitor (@SteveGuest) July 20, 2021