Cruz Promises to Vote ‘Hell No’ on Ryan’s Budget Plan

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz vowed Thursday that he will strongly oppose the budget bill crafted by House Speaker Paul Ryan, The Hill reported.

“Typically in the Senate you have two votes,” the Texas lawmaker explained during a “John Fredericks Show” interview. “You can vote either ‘yes’ or ‘no.’ On this particular matter, my vote I intend to be hell no. This is what’s wrong with the Washington cartel.”

Cruz is not the only GOP presidential candidate who spoke out against the legislation on Thursday. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio also blasted the spending increases and new government programs contained in the measure. According to The Hill, other Republican opponents of the bill include Sens. John McCain of Arizona, Jeff Sessions of Alabama, Mike Lee of Utah and Richard Shelby of Alabama.

Cruz lashed out at Ryan and other top House Republicans for failing to gut Obamacare, approving the Iran nuclear agreement, continuing funding for Planned Parenthood, and allowing the Obama administration to pursue its immigration reforms. “Republican leadership has proven to be the most Democratic leaders we have ever seen,” the senator charged. “(This) does not honor the promises we made to the men and women who elected us.”

Cruz is running second in the battle for the GOP presidential nomination. He is the leader in Iowa, which will hold its first-in-the-nation caucuses on Feb. 1.

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