Ted Cruz apologizes to GOP colleagues

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U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, apologized to his Republican colleagues on Tuesday for ruining their weekend plans.

According to CBS News, Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell agreed to vote on the massive $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill on Monday, freeing senators up for the weekend.

In an attempt to force a vote on the constitutionality of President Obama’s executive amnesty, U.S. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Cruz objected. Reid then began procedural votes on a number of Obama nominees, forcing a weekend session.

Lee and Cruz would eventually get their vote, but lost overwhelmingly — 22 to 74 — with a majority of their fellow Republicans voting against it.

Cruz “acknowledged that a number of his colleagues had to unexpectedly change their weekend plans, and he apologized to them for inconveniencing their personal schedules,” spokesman Catherine Frazier said, according to CBS News

But the junior senator stood by his belief “that forcing that constitutional vote was critically important, but he apologized for causing any personal hardship,” Frazier added.

“I was pleased that Senator Cruz apologized,” U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, told CBS News. “I thought it was warranted and I give them credit for doing so. I hope that he’ll learn from this experience.”

U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., missed a holiday outing with her children because of the sudden change of plans, according to CBS News.

After all, priorities are priorities, even if the U.S. Constitution is under assault.

“I appreciate his apologies, but we’re still getting a number of nominations I don’t think we would have otherwise had to,” Ayotte said, displaying a little less buoyancy than Collins.

That is, if you choose not to take Harry Reid at his word.

In an essay published on Tuesday, former U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., now president of The Heritage Foundation, said that “Reid has invoked the nuclear option and made it crystal clear he intended to keep the Senate in session as long as it took to force through Obama nominees.”

While not naming Ayotte, DeMint said that instead of focusing on “Obama’s unlawful amnesty,” some Republicans chose to go after Cruz and Lee.

“Without a hint of irony, those senators hurled false accusations as they voted in favor of the Obama-backed spending bill,” he wrote.

Tom Tillison

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