In a 20-minute long broadside on the Senate floor today, Sen. Ted Cruz called out Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for the way he has been handling his duties as the Senate’s top Republican.
According to Cruz, McConnell had made assurances in a private meeting with other Republican senators that there would be no deal to revive the Export-Import Bank, only to go back on his word today.
Ted Cruz delivered his remarks just after McConnell lined up the votes needed to add a 3-year extension of the controversial export finance bank to a highway funding bill.
“I told my staff that the Majority Leader looked me in the eye, and 54 Republicans in the eye [when he told them there was no deal to revive Ex-Im],” Cruz said. “I cannot believe he would tell a flat out lie.”
Cruz’s remarks were peppered with Biblical references. In the beginning of his rant, Cruz compared McConnell’s lie to Peter’s repeated denial of Christ.
“Like Saint Peter, he denied it three times,” Ted Cruz said. “What he told the press over and over and over again was a simple lie. This institution should not operate at the beck and call of lobbyists in Washington.”