Senator Ted Cruz: response to SOTU, vote on violence against women act
President Obama said in his State of the Union address last night (read the full text here) that “It is not a bigger government we need, but a smarter government.” Fiscal conservatives would disagree. What we need is smaller government.
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), supported by the Tea Party movement because of his stand on limited government, responded to Obama’s SOTU and points out that Obama only knows how to grow government, not the economy. Sen. Cruz in his statement on the SOTU that growing government through spending, debt and taxes will only make the problem worse.
WASHINGTON, DC—U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) released the following statement responding to the President’s State of the Union address:
The President had an opportunity to reach across the aisle and propose policies to produce economic growth. Unfortunately, he chose instead to embrace unabashed liberalism.
President Obama only knows how to grow government, not the economy.
Under President Obama, the economy is entering its fifth year of substandard annual growth – 0.8% on average — compared to an average of 3.3% for the last 70 years.
If the President’s big-government policies were enacted, they would make it harder for the 23 million people out of work to find a job, harder for young people coming out of school to find their first job, and harder for Hispanics and African Americans struggling to achieve the American dream.
There is potential for real bipartisan cooperation in Congress to get the economy growing and help people get back to work, but expanding government spending, debt, taxes, and control of the economy will only make the problem worse.
With 23 million Americans out of work and 100,000 enter the workforce each month, 500,000+ new jobs in the last 4 years of Obama’s presidency do not meet our nation’s demand. Sen. Cruz points out that under Obama’s economics it is going to be harder for young people to get jobs, and harder for Hispanics and African Americans to keep them. 8% unemployment will be the norm, not the aberration.
On Tuesday, the Senate passed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) with a majority 78-22 vote.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) consistent with limiting government voted against VAWA, and sent out a statement on Tuesday defending states’ rights.
WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) spokesman Sean Rushton issued the following statement regarding Sen. Cruz’s Violence Against Woment Act vote, which defends states’ jurisdiction over criminal law:
For many years, Senator Cruz has worked in law enforcement, helping lead the fight to ensure that violent criminals—and especially sexual predators who target women and children—should face the very strictest punishment. Indeed, Senator Cruz has personally argued and successfully defended the Texas Sexually Violent Predator Civil Commitment law before the Texas Supreme Court, and he has repeatedly argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the very strictest punishments for rapists and violent criminals who target women and children. Nevertheless, he voted against this federal law because stopping and punishing violent criminals is primarily a state responsibility, and the federal government does not need to be dictating state criminal law.
Sen. Cruz keeps the focus on limited government and is not swayed by what has become highly-politicized legislation. VAWA supporters have accused those who oppose it as women-haters. Phyllis Schlafly, a conservative and columnist for TownHall.com writes that under VAWA men who are accused of domestic violence lose a long list of constitutional rights accorded to ordinary criminals. Sen. Cruz said he voted against the law because stopping and punishing violent criminals is a state responsibility, not the federal government’s responsibility.
Senators against the bill:
Republicans John Barrasso (Wyo.), Roy Blunt (Mo.), John Boozman (Ark.), Tom Coburn (Okla.), John Cornyn (Texas), Ted Cruz (Texas), Mike Enzi (Wyo.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Chuck Grassley (Iowa), Orrin Hatch (Utah), James Inhofe (Okla.), Mike Johanns (Neb.), Ron Johnson (Wisc.), Mike Lee (Utah), Mitch McConnell (Ky.), Rand Paul (Ky.), Jim Risch (Idaho), Pat Roberts (Kansas), Marco Rubio (Fla.), Jeff Sessions (Ala.), John Thune (S.D.) and Tim Scott (S.C.).
VAWA’s history: VAWA was first signed into law in 1994 by President Bill Clinton. The bill was originally drafted by Senator Joe Biden (D-DE). VAWA grew out of the World Conference of Human Rights in 1993 in Venice held by the United Nations with the idea that domestic violence is a public health concern and human rights issue.
The bill is expected to go to the House for vote.
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- Sen. Ted Cruz: Obama SOTU ‘Unabashed Liberalism’ (cnsnews.com)
- Meet The Four Republican Senators Who Think The Violence Against Women Act Is Unconstitutional (thinkprogress.org)
- Here’s Why Neither Texas Senator Voted for the Violence Against Women Act (blogs.dallasobserver.com)
- Senate Overwhelmingly Passes Newly Expanded Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) (addictinginfo.org)
- Senate Passes Expanded Violence Against Women Act (tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com)
- Cruz, Cornyn ‘no’ votes can’t stop passage of Violence Against Women Act (chron.com)
- Eight Senators Vote To Block Violence Against Women Act (thinkprogress.org)
- GOP ‘Savior’ Rubio Votes No on Violence Against Women Act (crooksandliars.com)
- ‘Senator Cruz Has Gone Over The Line’: Colleagues Slam Ted Cruz For Irresponsible Rhetoric On Hagel (roybatty.newsvine.com)
- The GOOD news: The Senate overwhelming voted and passed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) The BAD NEWS: Here are the names of the senators who voted against: (lbfromlv.wordpress.com)