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NEW ORLEANS — Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) came to the Big Easy to thank and encourage conservatives attending The Heritage Foundation’s Resource Bank meeting. After his remarks and a lengthy Q&A about a range of issues, he sat down with The Foundry’s Genevieve Wood for an exclusive interview about the upcoming elections, his thoughts on a Republican-led Senate and a confession about his boots. Watch the interview below.

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What If Hillary Does Not Run?

Call this a table-top political war game exercise. Everyone is assuming, myself included, that Hillary Clinton is, at minimum, running in 2016 and, perhaps likely, is a strong favorite for the nomination. That being said, what if she decides not to run, for health reasons or otherwise?

 

Call this a table-top political war game exercise. Everyone is assuming, myself included, that Hillary Clinton is, at minimum, running in 2016 and, perhaps likely, is a strong favorite for the nomination. That being said, what if she decides not to run, for health reasons or otherwise?
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MegaVote: Congressional Votes as of March 17, 2014

 

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March 17, 2014

In this MegaVote for Texas’ 1st Congressional District:

Recent Congressional Votes

  • Senate: Military Sexual Assault Prosecutions ? Passage
  • Senate: Child Care Block Grant Reauthorization ? Enzi Amendment
  • Senate: Flood Insurance Rates ? Passage
  • House: Ukraine Resolution ? Passage
  • House: Federal Water Rights ? Passage
  • House: Medicare Doc Fix ? Passage

Editor’s Note: The House and Senate are in recess until March 24.

Recent Senate Votes
Military Sexual Assault Prosecutions ? Passage – Vote Passed (97-0, 3 Not Voting)
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Senators finished work on reforming the military’s practices for reporting and prosecuting sexual assaults within its ranks on Monday, passing a bill written by Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-MO. The bill would amend the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 to require special victims’ counsels in sexual assault cases and forbid using the defendant?s military record in defense arguments. The bill would also require the evaluation of whether commanding officers have established a climate in which allegations of sexual assault are properly managed and fairly evaluated and a victim can report criminal activity without fear of retaliation or ostracism.
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Sen. Ted Cr uz voted YES
Sen. John Cornyn voted YES


Child Care Block Grant Reauthorization ? Enzi Amendment – Vote Agreed to (98-0, 2 Not Voting)
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On Wednesday, the Senate agreed to an amendment (S.AMDT.2812) offered by Senator Michael Enzi, R-Wy., to the reauthorization of child care block grant programs. The amendment requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services, in conjunction with the Secretary of Education, to conduct a review of Federal early learning and care programs and make recommendations for streamlining the various programs. The block grant program was reauthorized through Fiscal Year 2019 on Thursday.
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Sen. Ted Cruz voted YES
Sen. John Cornyn voted YES


Flood Insurance Rates ? Passage – Vote Passed (72-22, 6 Not Voting)
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Senators approved a bill to slow National Flood Insurance Program premium increases that are needed to achieve the program’s full actuarial rates. The measure would also require the Federal Emergency Management Agency to certify its flood mapping approach before raising insurance rates in the future.
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Sen. Ted Cruz voted YES
Sen. John Cornyn voted NO


Recent House Votes
Ukraine Resolution ? Passage – Vote Passed (402-7, 1 Present, 20 Not Voting)
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The House overwhelmingly passed a resolution Tuesday condemning the violation of Ukrainian sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity by military forces of the Russian Federation for their actions in Crimea.
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Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES


Federal Water Rights ? Passage – Vote Passed (238-174, 19 Not Voting)
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On Thursday, House members passed a bill that would prohibit Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture from making any transfer, relinquishment, or other impairment of any water right a condition of the issuance of any permit, lease, or other use agreement concerning federal lands. The law would apply to lands covered by interstate water rights compacts as well.
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Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES


Medicare Doc Fix ? Passage – Vote Passed (238-181, 12 Not Voting)
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On Friday, the House agreed to repeal the sustainable growth rate model of physicians’ compensation rates under Medicare. The bill would establish a single conversion rate of cost increases for physicians’ services at .5 percent through 2018 and would completely freeze updates thereafter through 2023. The bill would also require certain federal agencies to perform studies of access to health care and cost controls for some procedures under Medicare.
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Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES

 

Recent Congressional Votes and Upcoming Bills from MegaVote

February 10, 2014

In this MegaVote for Texas’ 1st Congressional District:

Recent Congressional Votes

  • Senate: Farm and Nutrition Programs Conference Report ? Passage
  • Senate: Unemployment Benefits ? Cloture
  • Senate: Baucus Nomination ? Confirmation
  • House: Recreational Shooting on Federal Lands ? Passage
  • House: California Water Resources ? Passage
  • House: Public Land Management ? Passage

Upcoming Congressional Bills

  • Senate: Military Retirement Pay
  • House: Consumer Financial Protection and Soundness Improvement Act of 2013
Recent Senate Votes
Farm and Nutrition Programs Conference Report ? Passage – Vote Agreed to (68-32)
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On Tuesday, the Senate voted to adopt the conference report on the bill that would reauthorize most federal farm and nutrition programs through fiscal 2018, sending the measure to the president. Senators agreed to cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program by $8 billion over 10 years. The bill would also reauthorize sugar and dairy subsidy programs, replace $5 billion in direct payments to farmers with two new subsidies to cover losses. It also would create a new crop insurance program for producers that would cover losses over 14 percent.
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Sen. Ted Cruz voted NO
Sen. John Cornyn voted NO


Unemployment Benefits ? Cloture – Vote Rejected (58-40, 2 Not Voting)
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A motion to invoke cloture on a bill that would extend eligibility for unemployment benefits through March 31, 2014 failed on Thursday, the third such cloture vote to fail in the Senate. Four Republicans ? Sens. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Susan Collins of Maine, Dean Heller of Nevada, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska ? voted with Democrats and Independents to end debate on the bill.
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Sen. Ted Cruz voted NO
Sen. John Cornyn voted NO


Baucus Nomination ? Confirmation – Vote Confirmed (96-0, 1 Present, 3 Not Voting)
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The Senate confirmed overwhelmingly the nomination of Sen. Max Baucus of Montana to be the U.S. ambassador to the People?s Republic of China on Thursday. Baucus voted present on his own nomination.
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Sen. Ted Cruz voted YES
Sen. John Cornyn voted YES


Recent House Votes
Recreational Shooting on Federal Lands ? Passage – Vote Passed (268-154, 9 Not Voting)
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House members passed a slate of measures designed to make hunting, target shooting, and fishing easier on federally-managed lands. The Sportsmen?s Heritage and Recreation Enhancement Act would exempt ammunition and fishing equipment from the Toxic Substances Control Act, increase public funds for the construction of shooting ranges on federal lands, make permanent the electronic duck stamp licensing system, and allow firearms on water projects administered by the Army Corps of Engineers.
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Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES


California Water Resources ? Passage – Vote Passed (229-191, 11 Not Voting)
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On Wednesday, the House passed a bill that would change the Interior Department?s water management practices around the San Joaquin Valley of California. The bill would require the department to increase the total water delivery capacity of the Central Valley Project by 800,000 acre-feet by September 30, 2018. It would also limit the enforcement and consideration of some environmental laws in completing this delivery.
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Rep. Louie Gohmert voted Not Voting


Public Land Management ? Passage – Vote Passed (220-194, 17 Not Voting)
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The House passed a bill Thursday that would exempt public land access, land conveyances, and land restoration activities from federal environmental review requirements. The bill would also extend the term of new grazing permits on federal lands from 10 to 20 years and allow currently expired or transferred permits to remain in effect until new ones are issued. It would prohibit the Bureau of Land Management from acquiring new land until it creates a website database that lists all BLM lands suitable for disposal. The bill also would require a comprehensive plan and budget for state and federal efforts to restore the Chesapeake Bay watershed and instruct the Agriculture Department to implement a lumber salvage program in California’s Stanislaus National Forrest.
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Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES


Upcoming Votes
Military Retirement Pay – S.1963
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The Senate will vote Monday for cost-of-living increases to military pay.
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Consumer Financial Protection and Soundness Improvement Act of 2013 – H.R.3193
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Later this week, the House will consider a bill making changes to financial regulations for small capitalization firms.
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Steve Stockman files for U.S. Senator

Yesterday, Congressman Steve Stockman filed papers to challenge John Cornyn for the Republican nomination.  As a conservative Congressman with federal campaign experience, time in office and a track record, Stockman is considered by some to be a serious, credible threat to Cornyn in the Republican Primary

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Congressional Votes & Upcoming Bills from MegaVote Nov. 18th

November 18, 2013

In this MegaVote for Texas’ 1st Congressional District:

Recent Congressional Votes

  • Senate: Nomination of Cornelia ?Nina? Pillard to US Court of Appeals ? Cloture
  • House: Health Care Reform Implementation Delay ? Passage

Upcoming Congressional Bills

  • Senate: Drug Quality and Security
  • Senate: Fiscal 2014 Defense Authorization
  • House: Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform

Recent Senate Votes
Nomination of Cornelia ?Nina? Pillard to US Court of Appeals ? Cloture – Vote Rejected (56-41, 1 Present, 2 Not Voting)
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President Barack Obama?s nominee for the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, legal scholar Cornelia ?Nina? Pillard, failed to reach the 60-vote threshold to invoke cloture for a final vote. Pillard is currently a professor at Georgetown University and has argued cases before the U.S. Supreme Court in the past. Only two Senate Republicans ? Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine ? voted with Democrats in favor of the Pillard nomination. Republicans have blocked nominations to the Court three times this year, Caitlin J. Halligan in March, Patricia Millett in October and Pillard. Republicans are continuing to argue that the circuit?s workload does not warrant filling any of the three vacant seats. After the vote, Senate Democrats revisited the idea of changing Senate rules to forbid filibusters of executive nominations. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., promised to bring the nomination of another potential member of the court, Robert L. Wilkins, to the floor shortly.
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Sen. Ted Cruz voted NO
Sen. John Cornyn voted NO


Recent House Votes
Health Care Reform Implementation Delay ? Passage – Vote Passed (261-157, 12 Not Voting)
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Amidst the Obama Administration’s struggles to launch the new online federal insurance exchange, 39 Democrats crossed party lines Friday to pass a bill that would allow Americans to keep their current medical plans through 2014. The measure would effectively delay key coverage requirements imposed on health care plans by 2010 reform measures. The bill allows insurers to continue to sell plans to individual consumers that went into effect at the beginning of this calendar year through 2014 outside of the health care exchange established under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Beginning in 2014, the law mandates that individuals buy government-approved coverage plans that meet a more rigorous standard of quality than many insurers currently offer. The legislation, sponsored by Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., was a response to the cancellation of a raft of health plans not in compliance with the law’s requirement that policies offer a comprehensive set of benefits. The cancellations prompted an outcry and raised questions about repeated assurances, from Obama and other Democrats, that Americans who liked their health insurance plans would be able to keep them under the new law. The Senate isn’t expected to take up the measure, and the White House on Nov. 14 threatened a veto if it got that far. Democratic Senators, however, are sponsoring similar measures that would allow consumers to retain their current coverage.
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Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES


Upcoming Votes
Drug Quality and Security – H.R.3204
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This week, the Senate could hold a final vote on a bill to reform compounding drug pharmacies that passed cloture last week.
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Fiscal 2014 Defense Authorization – S.1197
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The chamber will also consider legislation to authorize the defense programs for fiscal 2014 that may force a weekend session.
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Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform – H.R.1900
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The House will take up a measure to speed up the permit process for oil and gas drilling and natural gas pipeline construction.
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Ted Cruz: I Didn’t Come to D.C. to Make Friends

Sen. Ted Cruz isn’t very popular right now on Capitol Hill — and he says he doesn’t care.

“There’s an old saying that, ‘Politics, it ain’t beanbag.’ And, you know, I’m not serving in office because I desperately needed 99 new friends in the U.S. Senate,” the Texas Republican told ABC News in an interview set to air Sunday.

Cruz has taken a lot of criticism for his part in a failed attempt to defund Obamacare by tying it to a bill to keep the government funded. The gambit resulted in a 16-day partial shutdown of the government and ended with the GOP basically conceding defeat to the Democrats.

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Democrats On The Attack

From Gary L. Bauer – Campaign for Working Families

With the government reopened and the threat of a default behind us, Barack Obama promised yesterday to negotiate with Republicans over a host of issues confronting the country. But while the media blamed Republicans for the breakdown of Washington, it bears repeating that it was Obama and Harry Reid who repeatedly refused to negotiate throughout the shutdown.

Needless to say, I’m skeptical that future “negotiations” will yield very much.

When it comes to the budget, Big Labor is warning that it won’t accept any changes to entitlement spending. AARP is running ads targeting Democrat Senator Mark Warner in Virginia, urging him to reject compromises on Social Security and Medicare.

On immigration reform, Fox News reports that illegal immigrants and amnesty advocates are vowing to “take a more radical approach” in order to force their quasi-amnesty legislation through Congress. The Fox story notes that a protest last week in Tucson forced a federal court to cancel scheduled deportation hearings. Border Patrol agents were recently assaulted by crowds of illegal immigrants just for doing their jobs.

This is the political atmosphere the left is creating. It is making demands, ratcheting up the rhetoric, taking to the streets and all the while demanding that conservatives compromise our values. As I said at the Values Voter Summit last week, the time is rapidly approaching when Middle America will stand up and make its voice heard: “This far, and no further!”

Recent Congressional Votes & Upcoming Bills from MegaVote as of 9/30/2013

September 30, 2013

In this MegaVote for Texas’ 1st Congressional District:

Recent Congressional Votes

  • Senate: Continuing Resolution
  • House: Continuing Resolution ? Medical Device Tax Repeal Amendment
  • House: Continuing Resolution ? Defunding of the Affordable Care Act Amendment

Upcoming Congressional Bills

  • Senate: Continuing Resolution
  • House: Continuing Resolution
Recent Senate Votes
Continuing Resolution – Vote Agreed to (54-44, 2 Not Voting)
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After receiving the House approved stopgap spending measure that removed funds for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the Senate passed an amended version on a completely party-line vote, 54-44. Republican Sens. Jeff Flake of Arizona and Orrin G. Hatch of Utah were the only members who did not vote on the bill. The Senate-approved version eliminated the House language to defund the Affordable Care Act and would fund the government only through Nov. 15 at an annualized rate of $986.3 billion.
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Sen. Ted Cruz voted NO
Sen. John Cornyn voted NO

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