Ted Cruz Makes Indefensible Vote
Ted Cruz was one of only 8 Senators today who voted not to consider the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), a bill that protects victims of domestic violence.
The other Senators who voted against moving to debate on the bill were: Mike Lee (R-UT), Tim Scott (R-SC), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Mike Johanns (R-NE), Rand Paul (R-KY), Pat Roberts (R-KS), and James Risch (R-ID).
Think Progress explains the absurd opposition to reauthorizing the VAWA:
VAWA’s reauthorization has been caught up in partisan gridlock over added provisions that would protect undocumented immigrants, as well as LGBT and Native American victims of domestic violence. Congress failed to reauthorize the bill by the end of 2012, and the Senate is now considering the same legislation again, in its new legislative session.
Senator Susan Collins, Republican of Maine, practically pleaded with the more extreme members of her own party like Ted Cruz to move forward.
"This is not and never should be a partisan political issue,” she said on the Senate floor. “This is an equal-opportunity crime that harms people regardless of their political affiliation, their profession or their status in life. It’s an issue that deserves bipartisan support."
Sadly, it seems like Ted Cruz is on a mission to embarrass Texas in DC any chance he gets. If you haven't seen it, check out our recent blog post detailing some of Ted Cruz's most absurd statements and theories from the past few years.