On the Senate floor this morning, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, blasted Republican leadership.
“We’ve had a Republican majority in both houses of Congress now for about six months,” said Cruz in a speech. “What has that majority done? First thing we did – in December, we came back and passed a trillion dollar cromnibus plan, filled with pork and corporate welfare.”
“Then this Republican majority voted to fund Obamacare,” he continued, “voted to fund President Obama’s unconstitutional executive amnesty, then leadership rammed through the confirmation of Loretta Lynch as attorney general. Madam President, which of those decisions would be one iota different if Harry Reid were still majority leader? Not a one. Not a one. This senate operates exactly the same.”
And let me tell you why. … [The majority] listens to one and only one voice: that is, the voice of the Washington cartel, of the lobbyists on K Street, of the big money and big corporations.
You go to the American people and ask: Is reauthorizing the Ex-Im Bank a priority for you? The standard response for most of them would be, ‘the what?’ They don’t even know what this is.
Let me tell you what it is. It is an egregious example of corporate welfare, it is the American taxpayers being on the dime for hundreds of billions of dollars in loan guarantees, given out to a handful of giant corporations.