Cruz News: November 4, 2018
November 4, 2018
November 4, 2018
Last weekend a horrific act of pure evil took place in Pittsburgh when an anti-Semite murdered eleven Jews who were gathered for Shabbat services at the Tree of Life synagogue. It was the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in the history of our great nation. The ancient hatred that is anti-Semitism has been on the rise all over the world. There is no place for anti-Semitism in our country, and now, more than ever, we must reaffirm our unequivocal condemnation of these heinous crimes and commit to combat all forms of anti-Semitism. Heidi and I stand in solidarity with the members of the Tree of Life community, as well as the entire Jewish community, and are lifting the victims and their families up in prayer during this difficult and painful time.
This week, I was glad to see the Trump administration announce a second wave of sanctions to be enforced against the Iranian regime. As the final policy is developed, it is critical to ensure that it imposes maximum pressure on Iran. Waivers that allow our allies and adversaries to enrich the regime by importing Iranian oil or to bolster Iran's nuclear program through civil-nuclear cooperation should be sharply limited, and ultimately eliminated. The administration should ensure that the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication disconnects designated Iranian banks from the global financial system, otherwise the Ayatollahs will use such access to simply wait out the Trump administration, in the hopes that a future administration will be more appeasing. I also look forward to working with my congressional colleagues in a bipartisan and bicameral fashion to pass legislation that ensures maximum pressure on Iran.
In August, I was joined by 15 of my Senate colleagues sending a letter to Secretary Mnuchin urging the administration to apply maximum pressure in efforts to cut off the Islamic Republic’s financial ties and businesses from the SWIFT banking network. I look forward to working with my colleagues in both houses of Congress to pass legislation that will ensure maximum pressure on Iran.
Recently, Central Texas experienced devastating flooding which resulted in many Texans displaced from their homes. In support of Governor Abbott’s request for federal disaster assistance following the severe weather and flooding across Central Texas, I joined Senator John Cornyn in a letter to President Trump urging for Governor Abbott’s request to be expeditiously approved.
Our prayers continue to be with those Americans recovering in Central Texas, and from Hurricanes Matthew and Florence. These devastating natural disasters are a stark reminder of the importance of taking all steps necessary to prepare our homes and families for any future weather event. For those seeking preparedness information and resources, please refer to the federal and state resources listed here.
Please read below for an update from this last week.
Keep Texas Strong,
Sens. Cruz and John Cornyn (R-Texas) penned a letter to President Trump in support of Governor Abbott’s request for federal disaster assistance following severe weather and flooding across Central Texas. Read more...
Sen. Cruz issued a statement in response to the Trump administration’s announcement that it will re-impose a second wave of sanctions on the Iranian regime, following U.S. withdrawal from President Obama’s disastrous Iran nuclear deal. Read more...
Sen. Cruz issued a statement of support to the Jewish community as it comes together for the first Shabbat since the horrific, anti-Semitic attack at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Read more...
The full press releases may be viewed here.