Ted Cruz Changes His Vote on TPA?
A couple weeks ago, Ted Cruz spoke up in favor of giving Barry Fast Track Trade Promotion Authority, but yesterday he changed sides. You may want to check out his article on Breitbart.com. This is what Cruz had to say about why he voted “yes” on TPA the first time it appeared in the Senate:
At lunch that day, I asked Majority LeaderSen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) what precise deal had been cut to pass TPA. Visibly irritated, he told me and all my Republican colleagues that there was no deal whatsoever; rather, he simply told them they could use the ordinary rules to offer whatever amendments they wanted on future legislation.
Taking McConnell at his word that there was no deal on Ex-Im, I voted yes on TPA because I believe the U.S. generally benefits from free trade, and without TPA historically there have been no free-trade agreements.
I was wondering exactly what made the Senator change his mind. Again, from his Breitbart column:
Enough is enough. I cannot vote for TPA unless McConnell and Boehner both commit publicly to allow the Ex-Im Bank to expire—and stay expired. And, Congress must also pass the Cruz-Sessions amendments to TPA to ensure that no trade agreement can try to back-door changes to our immigration laws. Otherwise, I will have no choice but to vote no.
There’s too much corporate welfare, too much cronyism and corrupt dealmaking, by the Washington cartel. For too long, career politicians in both parties have supported government of the lobbyist, by the lobbyist, and for the lobbyist – at the expense of the taxpayers. It’s a time for truth. And a time to honor our commitments to the voters.
Senator Cruz’ reasoning sounds a lot like what Senator Sessions had to say about yesterday’s vote, which I included at the bottom of yesterday’s post on the topic.
For even more background on the TPA vote from yesterday, and Ted Cruz’ newfound opposition, see this post at Hotair.