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Cruz in the News: Sen. Cruz ‘Slams’ Senate Democrats’ Obstruction of Coronavirus Relief

March 24, 2020

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), on Monday delivered remarks on the Senate floor urging Democrats to put aside partisan games and deliver real relief for the American people.

Here's what news outlets are saying:

Houston Chronicle: Texas anxiously awaits $1.8 trillion stimulus to halt economy's coronavirus collapse
"Texas Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, both Republicans, laid into Democrats on Monday as negotiations continued after two failed attempts to begin debate on the package in the Senate. They said Democrats were pushing partisan proposals into the package, pointing to a package laid out by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi this week that included a provision setting new emissions standards for airlines. ‘There is a time for political disagreements,' Cruz said on the Senate floor. ‘There is a time for policy disagreements. I am no stranger to robust political and policy disagreements. But we are in the midst of a global pandemic. People are dying. People are suffering.'"

Washington Examiner: Rahm Emanuel reprises 'never let a crisis go to waste' catchphrase amid coronavirus pandemic
"Sen. Ted Cruz slammed Senate Democrats Monday, saying they are using Emanuel's phrase to advance liberal agendas. The same quote from Rahm Emanuel, President Obama's chief of staff: 'Never let a good crisis go to waste.' Sadly, we're seeing the embodiment of that cynical approach right now. Because all the people out of jobs, the Democrats are using to push - what are they pushing for? Changing the emission standards on airplanes," the Texas Republican said."

Daily Wire: Cruz Highlights How Many Americans Have Died Today While Democrats Block Spending Bill
"Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) unloaded on Senate Democrats on Monday for continuing to play partisan games in trying to reach an agreement for a massive stimulus bill to provide relief to American families and the economy. It had looked like the two sides were going to come to an agreement on Sunday to move the proposed $1.8 trillion stimulus bill along in the process until Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ruined talks. ‘It was one party - the Democratic Party saying to this chamber and the American people, ‘Hell no. We won't even take this up and discuss it,' Cruz said on the Senate floor. "At a time of crisis, at a time when people are dying, that's wrong. That's shameful.'"

Washington Times: Ted Cruz lights up Dems for coronavirus 'Christmas list' in relief bill
"Sen. Ted Cruz unleashed a stemwinder before his colleagues on Monday over a ‘Christmas list' added to the coronavirus relief bill filled with environmental and diversity politics issues. [...] Mr. Cruz lambasted Democrats for holding up over $1 trillion in aid for Americans while adding, for clarity, that similar behavior from him might include attempts to legislatively weaken or abolish the IRS."

Townhall: WATCH: Cruz Dismantles Dems for 'Never Letting a Crisis Go to Waste'
"Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Monday blasted Senate Democrats for failing to vote in favor of cloture on a motion to proceed on the Republican-authored CARES Act on Monday. [...] ‘The same quote from Rham Emanuel, President Obama's chief of staff: ‘Never let a good crisis go to waste.' Sadly, we're seeing the embodiment of that cynical approach right now. Because all the people out of jobs, the Democrats are using to push - what are they pushing for? Changing the emission standards on airplanes,' Cruz said. ‘Mr. President, what the hell do the emissions standards on airplanes have to do with thousands of people dying and millions of people out of work in the coronavirus epidemic?'"

Daily Caller: ‘102 Americans Died': Ted Cruz Criticizes Democrats For Blocking Coronavirus Relief
"Cruz began his impassioned speech by calling his colleagues - on both sides of the aisle - to see past their differences and ‘rise above' the everyday bickering and partisanship that can cause delays on even the most bipartisan issues."

Breitbart: Ted Cruz: ‘102 Americans Died' on Monday While Democrats Delayed Coronavirus Bill
‘"As of this morning worldwide, there have been 16,381 deaths, so that's - I'm sorry,' Cruz said. ‘That's the number now. This morning, it was only 15,308. That means today, while the Democrats have been blocking this bill, 1,073 additional people died," Cruz said. ‘In the United States, as of this morning, there were 471 deaths reported due to coronavirus. As of right now, it's 573. That means today, 102 Americans died while the Democrats were blocking consideration of this bill,' Cruz said.'"

Washington Examiner: Cruz slams Democrats on Senate floor for adding policy provisions to coronavirus relief package
"Texas Sen. Ted Cruz slammed Democrats, notably House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, for blocking a coronavirus relief package proposed by fellow Republicans for what he deems as political reasons. ‘Last night when this Senate voted on whether to move forward with emergency relief legislation for the millions of people being devastated by economic disaster we're seeing as a result of the coronavirus epidemic, every single Democrat in this body voted block consideration of this bill,' Cruz said on the Senate floor Monday."

The Federalist: Ted Cruz Explodes On Democrat Senators And Media For Blocking Coronavirus Bailout Bill While Americans Die
"Cruz noted The New York Times and other corporate media outlets have amplified talking points from Senate Democrats. The New York Times changed their headline three times about Democrats' decision to take the emergency process hostage for a litany of leftist welfare pipe dreams unrelated to coronavirus needs. ‘The New York Times headline moments afterwards [the stimulus bill vote last night] read ‘Democrats block $1.7 trillion stimulus bill.' Of course, that headline had the fault of being accurate, so within minutes, the New York Times changed it ‘Democrats block $1.7 trillion stimulus bill, citing worker concerns,'' Cruz said."a

The Blaze: Ted Cruz UNLOADS on Democrats for using coronavirus bill to push far-left agenda
"Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) excoriated Democrats from the Senate floor Monday for using the coronavirus relief bill to push their far-left agenda. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) introduced House Democrats' coronavirus relief bill on Monday after she torpedoed the bipartisan agreement reached by the Senate."

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