Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz Lays Marker on Tax Reform
Texas Republican wants tax bill that repeals Dodd-Frank

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz wants a tax overhaul package that goes much further than what is being developed. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 1:54 p.m. | Laying down a conservative marker for overhauling the tax code, Sen. Ted Cruz is calling on tax writers to go much bolder than they probably intend.

The Texas Republican wants to use as long as a 30-year budget window for a reconciliation bill that would be focused on tax cuts, rather than on a deficit neutral proposal. But the unlikeliest of the Cruz proposals is using the same reconciliation vehicle to roll back the Dodd-Frank financial regulatory law.

Porn Actress Doesn’t Like Cruz Back
‘But I’m happy to see that he could be a fan of mine,’ she says

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz walks through the Senate subway as he leaves the Capitol on Tuesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The pornographic actress in the video briefly liked by Sen. Ted Cruz’s Twitter account said she’s not a fan of the Texas Republican.

“With his stance against the porn industry and adult entertainment, I’m not a fan of Ted Cruz,” actress Cory Chase told the New York Daily News on Tuesday.

Cruz’s Twitter Account Liked a Porn Video
Staff says “offensive tweet” has been removed

Staff for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, seen here last week with Connecticut Sen. Christopher S. Murphy, said the offending post has been reported to Twitter. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Twitter followers of Sen. Ted Cruz got an eyeful when they checked what the Texas Republican was liking these days.

Cruz’s personal account late Monday showed he liked a two-minute pornographic video from the Twitter account @SexuallPosts, the New York Daily News reported.

Word on the Hill: Welcome Back
DACA rally and live music

Sen. Ted Cruz donned his eclipse glasses and watched a once-in-a-lifetime event with millions of other Americans. (Sen. Ted Cruz via Twitter)

August recess is over and the House and Senate return today.

Take a look at who HOH deemed the recess winners this summer.

Opinion: Texas Is Doing Its Part — Now It’s Congress’ Turn
Politics should be put aside after Hurricane Harvey

Mark Ocosta and his baby Aubrey Ocosta take shelter at the George R. Brown Convention Center after floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey inundated Houston. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The month of August 2017 will not be remembered in many people’s minds as a great one for the United States. We edged too close to conflict with a madman in North Korea. Marches over monuments in Virginia devolved into murder. Ugly debates about what America used to be made too many people ask themselves what this country has become.

It’s hard to believe, then, that a devastating hurricane at the end of the month, a once-in-a-generation catastrophe in Texas, could be a catalyst to remind us who we are and what America remains today, but it has. The images coming out of Hurricane Harvey’s path have been heartbreaking and inspiring — every day Americans have transformed themselves into helpers and heroes, rescuing strangers stranded in the rushing, suffocating floods.

Opinion: A Big-Spending Liberal Is a Conservative Who Has Been Flooded
Hurricane Harvey challenges Republican party

President Ronald Reagan once described the nine most terrifying words in the English language as, “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.” (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Ronald Reagan began a 1986 press conference by trotting out one of his favorite lines: “I’ve always felt the nine most terrifying words in the English language are: ‘I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.’”

That sentiment succinctly summarizes the conservative philosophy that has governed the Republican Party since the 1980s — all federal spending is suspect unless it goes to the Pentagon. And it helps explain why in early 2013 virtually every Republican in the Texas congressional delegation voted against the $51-billion emergency aid package after Hurricane Sandy devastated New York and New Jersey.

King Won’t Hold Cruz and Cornyn Votes on Sandy Against Texas
Cruz spokeswoman says Sandy bill was ‘chock-full of pork’

Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y. said New York won't abandon Texas even though its senators voted against emergency funding in 2012 for New York and New Jersey. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

New York Rep. Peter T. King said New York won’t hold Texas responsible for its senators’ vote against aid to Superstorm Sandy when it comes time to vote for emergency aid for Hurricane Harvey.

King tweeted that despite “Ted Cruz & his Texas cohorts” voting against emergency aid for New York and New Jersey after the two states were devastated by Sandy in 2012, he would vote to assist Texas.

Opinion: Blame? Trump Wants Credit for a Shutdown
‘If we have to close down our government, we’re building that wall’

Protesters chant and wave signs across the street from the Phoenix Convention Center as President Donald Trump holds a rally at the convention center on Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

President Donald Trump is taking an unusual risk for a president: He’s setting himself up as the central player in a possible government shutdown.

“If we have to close down our government, we’re building that wall,” he said Tuesday in Arizona, referring to the physical barrier he promised to construct between the U.S. and Mexico.

Senator Warns Trump Not to Repeat Mistakes of Katrina With Harvey
FEMA says it has enough funding for response activities — for now

A Friday morning satellite image shows the development of Hurricane Harvey in the Gulf of Mexico. (NOAA-NASA GOES)

A senior senator warned President Donald Trump on Friday not to underestimate Hurricane Harvey or have the same kind of lackluster federal response experienced during Hurricane Katrina.

Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, advised Trump not to make “the same mistake Pres Bush made w Katrina.”

Word on the Hill: Franken’s ‘SNL’ Friends on Franken vs. Trump
Stabenow makes rounds, Cruz award, Johnson shows flexibility, Biden’s book and Scalia event

Dana Carvey, left, Kevin Nealon, second from left, and Sen. Al Franken, right, mock the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings (with Phil Hartman, center, and Chris Farley) on “Saturday Night Live” in 1991. (NBC Universal)

Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., could give President Donald Trump a run for his money. Or at least fellow “Saturday Night Live” alums Kevin Nealon and Dana Carvey think so.

“Will Al Franken run for president?” Nealon asks Carvey on his Twitter video series “Hiking With Kevin.”