#1 Cruz accuses McConnell of lying by ThirstyMan 25.07.2015 08:32

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"The American people were told: If only we get a Republican majority in the Senate and retire Harry Reid, then things will be different," Ted Cruz said. "Then this Republican majority voted to fund Obamacare and voted to fund president Obama's unconstitutional executive amnesty. It's not that this majority doesn't get things done. But it listens to one and only one voice. That is the voice of the Washington Cartel."

By Jordain Carney, July 24, 2015

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in a blistering floor speech Friday accused Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) of lying to him over a deal to vote on reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank.

"Today is a sad day for this institution," said Cruz, who is running for president. "What we just witnessed this morning is profoundly disappointing."

The Texas Republican's remarks come after McConnell set up a procedural vote on Sunday to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, which saw its charter expire last month. Democrats have said McConnell agreed to allow a vote on attaching Ex-Im to "must-pass" legislation to win support from Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) for a trade package earlier this year.

On the floor, Cruz said McConnell in a private conversation denied to him that there was such a deal.

"The majority leader was visibly angry with me that I would ask him such a question," Cruz said. "The majority looked at me and said 'there is no deal, there is no deal, there is no deal.'"

The Texas Republican said his staff at the time told him that McConnell is "lying to you," but Cruz suggested that he took the Republican leader at his word.

"What I told my staff that afternoon, I said, well I don't know if that's the case or not. But I don't see how when the majority leader looks me in the eyes and makes an explicit promise," he added. "I don't see how I cannot take him at his word."

Cruz later said that McConnell's move to allow the Ex-Im vote shows that he does not always mean what he says.

"Well, we now know that when the majority leader looks us in the eyes and makes an explicit commitment that he is willing to say things that he knows are false," the Texas Republican added, arguing it could have ramifications down the road.

"That has consequences for how this body operates," he said. "If you or I cannot trust what the majority leader tells us, that will have consequences on other legislation, as well as on how this institution operates."

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http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/se...m-on-ex-im-bank

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