Sen. Ted Cruz Speaks in Opposition to Gang-of-Eight Immigration Bill
June 11, 2013: Clear, positive, and constructive, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks on the Senate floor in opposition to the 1076 pages of Gang-of-Eight immigration bill as it is currently written.
As the Obamacare bill did for Kathleen Sebelius, the Gang-of-Eight bill grants enormous discretionary authority to Janet Napolitano to grant waivers and exceptions without approval or review by Congress. That makes this bill yet another abdication of Congress’ Constitutional authority via a bill so complex that our senators, representatives, and the American people cannot possibly read and understand it.
These monstrous “comprehensive” bills are now the Left’s prime strategy and tactic for seizure of still more dictatorial power by the executive branch. And a dissembling, lazy, abdicating, go-along-to-get-along Congress is acquiescing like some rubber-stamp assembly of hacks from the old Soviet Communist Party Congress.
While he is opposed to the bill as written, the substance of Sen. Cruz’s 23-minute presentation is about the five amendments he proposed that could actually make the bill a success for America (this segment begins at the 9-minute mark). They all make sense, and they would all make good legislation as five separate bills. And every Democrat voted against every one of those five amendments.
Cruz himself is an excellent speaker. I see no teleprompter. He has some paper in front of him on the podium, but he seldom looks down at it. Compare this to that of Senate “leaders” like Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer who seldom look up from the printed text prepared by their staff.
Ted Cruz is a “class act” top to bottom, start to finish, who inspires confidence. Every time I hear him speak, I have another occasion to take hope, however slim.