Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz called a new highway project “a big bipartisan win” that will bring “jobs to Texas and millions of dollars to the state.”
The White House replied: “Senator Cruz voted against.”
A spokesperson for Cruz said the senator “made it possible” – but did not dispute that Cruz voted against the $1.5 billion spending package that contained the freeway project.
Along with Ben Ray Luján, a Democrat from New Mexico, Cruz co-sponsored an amendment adding the Ports to Plains freeway project to the spending bill earlier this year.
Earlier this month, Cruz tweeted“The Ports to Plains Highway will stretch from Laredo to North Dakota and Canada. This project will bring jobs to Texas and millions of dollars to the state. A great bipartisan victory!
After the White House retaliated, an anchor from KAMC News, a Texas television station whose interview Cruz used in his tweet, shared pictures of a supplementary question.
ryan chandler asked: “Why guide this federal highway designation through the process and end up voting against the current legislation that made it into law?”
Cruz said: “It happens frequently in the United States Senate, where you end up working to get agreement and to pass a particular bill, but then it turns into a giant bill that has a whole bunch of good and bad things..
“There were dozens of different pieces of legislation that I wrote, that I got support for, that I passed, but the ultimate vehicle they got stuck in had other elements that were bad and unnecessary and didn’t make sense so i would vote against the giant mess of a bill but at the same time enact the legislative victory that focuses on jobs in the state of Texas.”
The other U.S. Senator from Texas, John Cornyn, voted for the spending bill. He said then: “The Senate has a responsibility not only to keep the lights on, but also to make crucial investments in our country.
“…Despite its flaws, despite the crazy process by which we find ourselves here voting on this $1.5 billion appropriations bill, despite all the reasons I could cite why I should perhaps vote against , I think there’s enough good in this bill to support it.”
On Wednesday, Cruz’s spokesperson stuck to Republican Midterm Message when he called the appropriations bill “a Democratic spending spree that has contributed to an economic recession for American families.”
But Jaime Harrison, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, was happy to to offer Cruz “a lesson in civics”.
“When you vote ‘NO’ on legislation, it means…wait for it…you DO NOT SUPPORT the bill, so you shouldn’t take credit for something you didn’t vote for and support. “