Repeal Obamacare Bill & More: Tea Party Senator Ted Cruz Comes Out Swinging

Newly elected Senator and Tea Party favorite Ted Cruz (R-TX) took his oath of office on Friday and immediately moved to advance part of his agenda against Barack Obama’s signature piece of legislation, the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). That isn’t all. Cruz also has his sights set on shooting down gun control legislation and dealing with the debt limit.

Cruz said that his first bill would look to strike “every syllable of every word” of Obamacare. Unlike many, including the previous GOP nominee who wanted to keep certain things in the law, Cruz wants to see the entire thing go in the Washington trash heap of really bad and unconstitutional legislation. “We know to a metaphysical certainly that that bill is not going to pass any time soon,” he said. So he’ll do whatever he can to prevent implementation of that law.

Following the ruling on Obamacare by the Supreme Court, Cruz issued a statement saying, “Now is not a time for conciliation. The Senate will be the battleground on Obamacare, and I intend to lead the fight to repeal every word of it.”

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The Senator, after being sworn in, said the day had been “magical.” He also spoke of the Bible that he swore his oath of office on. That was his father’s Bible he used for the swearing-in. Rafael Cruz, a Cuban immigrant, is now a pastor in Dallas and was on hand for the festivities. “We spent many an hour with the entire family sitting on the couch in the living room with my father reading from that Bible, so it was very meaningful to have it there today,” Sen. Cruz said.

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Cruz addressed other issues in a half-hour conference call with Texas reporters. The Dallas News reports the highlights of the call:

He laughed, literally, at Obama’s recent suggestion that there won’t be a debate over whether to raise the debt ceiling. The federal government will hit its credit limit in roughly two months and Obama argues that default to any degree is unthinkable, especially because it entails spending that Congress has already authorized. “I know he said that and I’m sure he would like not to discuss it,” Cruz said, making clear that Obama will, in fact, face push back when the time comes.

He’ll resist any effort to tighten gun laws in the wake of the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., in particular a bill from California Sen. Dianne Feinstein. “Gun registries have been used as a preface to confiscation,” Cruz said, arguing that the federal government should never be allowed to keep track of legally-owned firearms and their owners. “It’s a tragedy, but it’s not a tragedy that should be answered by restricting the constitutional rights of all Americans,” Cruz said.

Cruz addressed the fiscal cliff deal saying, “I think it was a lousy deal and I think the American people deserve better.” According to him, the measure only passed because “the playing field favored the president. If nothing were done, it would have been a tax increase on every American.”

Sen. Cruz said that he was very pleased to have landed an assignment on the Judiciary Committee. A former law clerk for the late Chief Justice William Rehnquist, and the state’s former chief appellate lawyer, Cruz said he’ll fight as hard as he can to ensure that Obama doesn’t shift the balance of power at the high court. “We are one justice away from a five-justice liberal majority that could overturn decades of precedent,” he said.

I genuinely hope that Senator Cruz will maintain his vigilance and perspective in Washington and represent the people of Texas well, as he has already demonstrated a desire not to “go along to get along.”

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