U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz was on fire with determination when he appeared on Fox News’ “The Kelly File” Wednesday to discuss the options Congress has to thwart President Obama’s planned amnesty for up to 5 million illegal aliens.
The Texas Republican laid out to host Megyn Kelly a two-part plan of to “use the constitutional authority that we are given as checks and balances to reign in a despotic executive.”
“Step No. 1,” Cruz said. “The new Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell should stand up and say, ‘if you disregard the Constitution, if you disregard the law, if you issue this executive amnesty the new Congress for the next two years will not confirm a single nomination, judicial or executive, other than vital national security positions, until you end this illegal amnesty,’” Cruz said.
“Step No. 2 is we need to use the power of the purse,” Cruz continued. “We need to systematically pass appropriations legislation funding the Department of Defense, funding the VA, funding one department after another after another. And then once the vital functions are funded, we need to pass appropriations with riders specifically limiting the power of the Congress and the power of the president to spend money on illegal amnesty.”
Kelly pointed out that the president would never sign those bills and would blame Cruz and Republicans if that forced a government shutdown.
“That would be a wrong and irresponsible response,” Cruz said. “A presidential temper tantrum is not a rational response … If you want to change immigration law, and I think we need common sense immigration reform, the way to do it is the president has to work with Congress.”
“He has said that repeatedly, at least 25 times according to our count,” Kelly said. “Boy, has he done a 180.”
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