Senate FIGHT: McConnell Vs. Cruz (What You Need To Know)

Senate FIGHT: McConnell Vs. Cruz (What You Need To Know)

Earlier this week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell offered a stunning rebuke to Ted Cruz when the Texas Senator tried to offer an amendment that would essentially pave the way to end federal funding of Planned Parenthood.

Despite routinely letting Senators offer amendments even if they will fail, McConnell orchestrated members against Cruz, preventing his amendment from advancing.

Cruz then gave a passionate, hour long speech on the Senate floor, blasting leadership before he was cut off because of a time limit Cruz was unfamiliar with.

““I will give President Obama and the Senate Democrats credit,” said Cruz. “They are willing to crawl over broken glass with a knife between their teeth to fight for [their] principles. Unfortunately, leadership on my side of the aisle does not demonstrate the same commitment.”

Cruz continued:

“The people who show up at the polls, who elected you and me, and who elected this Republican majority, far too many of the Republican donors look down on those voters as a bunch of ignorant hicks and rubes,” said Cruz. “It wasn’t too long ago when the Washington Cartel was able to mask it all with a show vote or two, and they’d tell the rubes back home, ‘See, we voted on it, we just don’t have the votes…You don’t have to win every fight. You don’t have to fight every fight. But you do have to stand for something,”

 

>>>The Daily Signal caught up with the Heritage Foundation’s Rachel Bovard, “a veteran of the House and Senate, and now The Heritage Foundation’s director of policy promotion,” and she explains what went down.

“Q: Exactly what happened with the Cruz amendments?

 A: The Senate vote on Monday was a cloture vote to proceed to a “clean” continuing resolution—meaning it included taxpayer funds for Planned Parenthood. It passed 77-19. In the process of filing the bill, Sen. Mitch McConnell “filled the tree,” meaning he himself inserted various amendments to then block out all other senators from offering their own amendments.

By the way, this was the same tactic used habitually by his Democrat predecessor, Harry Reid, to stifle debate and block senators from offering amendments.

After the cloture motion passed, Cruz sought to use the tools of the Senate to remove the amendment tree to offer his own amendment. He was then denied a sufficient second, and thus denied an opportunity to offer his amendment. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, was the only one who rose in support.

Q: OK, but what about those who say one senator, such as Cruz, shouldn’t be allowed to hold up the business of the Senate?

A: To understand the significance of what happened, you need to know a few rules about the Senate.

First, the Senate is unique in that each senator has equal power. Unlike the House, which operates on seniority, each senator has equal authority under the rules of the Senate to offer bills and amendments for votes on the floor once they are recognized by the chair. It is a sacred right of all senators, unique to the institution.

Second, a sufficient second is required for a member to offer a bill or amendment up for a vote. The most important thing to note here is that, out of respect for each member’s institutional rights, sufficient seconds are nearly always given as a matter of custom, regardless of whether individual senators agree. For example, consider that Cruz and Lee gave Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., a sufficient second on his amendment to reauthorize the Export-Import bank, an amendment both of them oppose.

It’s simply what’s done out of senatorial courtesy and respect for the chamber.

Q: What does a “sufficient second” mean, and why couldn’t Cruz get one?

 A: Technically, a sufficient second is one-fifth of the quorum, or 20 senators, if all members are present. The Senate generally operates in a “continuous quorum.” That is, for the purposes of doing business, they pretend that there is always a quorum present. That’s why members can go to the floor to conduct business, sometimes without any other members present. The Senate generally operates in a way where it is assumed that a quorum is present and members can have their sufficient second.

But in this case, McConnell decided that the way the Senate has historically operated no longer applies. As he did with Cruz this week, and as he did when Cruz and Lee tried to secure votes to repeal Obamacare and to defund Planned Parenthood on a transportation funding bill in July, he orchestrated other members not raising their hands and offering a second, and then required the chair to enforce the regular order (which, historically, is not enforced for this purpose).

So when Cruz wanted to offer his amendment, suddenly he had to have one-fifth of the members physically present and consenting to give him a sufficient second. Basically, McConnell is applying one set of rules to everyone else, and one set to Cruz and Lee, and in a completely arbitrary way in that he doesn’t tell anyone he’s suddenly going to enforce these rules”

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24 COMMENTS

    • So now McConnel is changing rules and laws on the fly, JUST LIKE OBUMER. Both of them cant be thrown out soon enough…..

  1. Its still is the good old boys club and our country can’t head or forage ahead with this mentality and old laws that stop everything and progress unless you are a joiner in the club. That is not what people want it is not fair it is not equal it is a ruling few with only their intent to gain from what they do not the country. to voters.Or American people!

    • In Tandem with Dr. Ben Carson,MD. BOTH, Ethically, Morally, & Constitutionally Based..That’s MY “A” Team !!

  2. “Bi-partisan” = One Party Rule.

    The Republicans need to stop being spineless worms and FIGHT the left.

    • The ideological split is not Republicans/Democrats, it is Conservatives/Progressives. The Republicans may have majorities in both houses of Congress, but many Republicans are Progressives. The Progressives are very much in the majority, and their goals do not differ much between Republican and Democrat factions. Categorize members of Congress by ideology, not party and what takes place will not surprise you. Indeed, some of the republicans are showing considerable courage (or manic fanaticism) in voting against the interests of their constituents, which – with the majorities they now hold – is becoming increasingly aggravating to the electorate and difficult for them to justify – demonstrated by Trump’s popularity.

      • HEY..CONSTITUENTS !!! Listen Up..Article V in OUR Constitution..It’s
        the “PEACEFUL SOLUTION”..Otherwise !! Eh ?

  3. Now, do you see why we must remove McConnell from his position? Neither Cruz nor Lee will have any chance to make anything happen that is absolutely needed for the good of America as long as McConnell can influence by bribing or by other means to get the action he wants. It’s shameful.

  4. McConnell and Boehner actions in 2012 and 2014 are why I am giving not one dime to GOP politicians who are not also Tea Party members. Cruz and Lee are what’s RIGHT in the Senate. McConnell could play the old banking geezer Potter in “It’s a Wonderful Life” against Ted Cruz’ George Bailey.

  5. Politics ain’t bean bag. If Cruz thinks that he can insult McConnell and not suffer any reprisal, he is a fool.

    • Cruz is NO FOOL! But he is one to stand on the truth and ensure it gets out. What he will NOT do is kowtow to the Liberals. McConnell IS the fool for underestimating Ted Cruz and trying these Liberal tactics on Cruz – it will NOT WORK! WE are as FED UP with McConnell as we are with Boehner!

  6. It appears that the Republicans are once again going to
    “snatch defeat from the jaws of victory” The Dems. were on their last legs,and ready to lose most of their remaining power,until some nit wits started an internal battle that the voting public does not want!! get it together fellas,you almost had it ll!!

    • Yogi Berra Analogy…” IT AIN’T OVER..TIL ITS OVER” Article V is the “PEACEFUL” way..Otherwise..!!! ??? Comes the 2nd. Amendment..& THEN IT’LL “BE OVER” One Way or The Other..

  7. For some reason, it hasn’t dawned on most people that 98 out of 100 senators

    don’t like Cruz. At present, he has no future in that body. McConnell has little to do with it. The other 97 senators are looking for ways to screw Cruz, and thus are happy to accommodate McConnell.

    • You Sqeak like a “Hen House Fox”..& ALL McConnell ‘accommodaters’ need to be Squished..like the “ZITS” they are…PUSS POCKETS !

    • We now how have one party controlling the Senate. Democrats and RINOs. Think we should call them the Dimwits. Out to further their agenda and increase their own bank accounts. Go Ted Cruz. Cruz is doing what he was elected to do. (And it was not to go along with the “Dimwits”!)

    • Of course these lawless numbnuts hate Cruz because he’s calling them out for NOT doing the jobs the people in their Districts elected them to do. THEY are the one betraying their constituents by going along with the Liberals, and every damn one of them should be booted out with Boehner and McConnell!
      BRAVO FOR TED CRUZ!

  8. McConnell – want this Liberal OUT. He is not even a Conservative – Why is he the Majority Leader of the Senate GOP?

  9. I find it difficult to understand which side of the aisle McConnell works for. He seems to be operating in some kind of a personal agenda driven world that only he understands. Boehner was part of that world too and look where that got us. No more RINO’s.

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