Cruz argues that his amendment would create a point of order against funds to the United Nations while any member nation forces citizens or residents of that nation to undergo involuntary abortions:Ted Cruz’s effort to tie United Nations funding to China’s abortion policy provoked a sharp, private rebuke from Mary L. Landrieu on the Senate floor Saturday morning.
Shortly before 4 a.m., the Louisiana Democrat strode from her desk on the Democratic side of the chamber all the way to the Texas Republican’s desk on the far side to give him a piece of her mind after Cruz insisted on a roll call vote on his amendment to the Senate budget resolution (S Con Res 8). Cruz wanted to create a new point of order against funding the United Nations as long as any of its member nations have a policy of involuntary abortions.“I suggested to him that a more direct and a more effective route might be for Texas to stop all exports to China or to stop any financial exchanges between Texas and China,” Landrieu told CQ Roll Call after she voted on the budget shortly before 5 a.m.
“That would have had a much more direct effect on what he was trying to do than take money from the U.N. ... I thought he might like the idea. He should try it next time,” Landrieu said. - Roll Call, 3/23/13
Senator Robert Menendez (D. NJ), the Senate Foreign Relations Chairman, also took a jab at Cruz's amendment:“I recognize that members of this body have differing views on the right to life, but surely all of us can be agreed that for a woman to be forced against her will to abort her child is a horrific evil,” Cruz said when he introduced his legislation. - Houston Chronicle, 3/25/13
By the way, to quote Charlie Sheen, Cruz thinks the GOP is "Wiiinnnnnnniiiiinnnnnggggggg":“No one — no one in this body supports forced abortions. No one,” he said. “However, the United Nations has no authority to control the acts of any individual nation. Instead of punishing the country that maybe — that is carrying out the bad policy, this amendment would go after an entity that has no control over the policy and all the while negatively impacting our national interest.”
Menendez said the amendment would take away all funding for U.N. peacekeeping operations in the Golan Heights, Darfur, Congo, funding for refugees and funding for the International Atomic Energy Agency. - Roll Call, 3/23/13
Cruz's amendment was defeated 38-61. Whether it's clowns like Cruz or Governor Bobby Jindal (R. LA), you gotta love how Landrieu really gives it to them and can handle their craziness. Thanks for that, Senator Landrieu.Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) says that he must be “doing something right” when critics compare him to Sen. Joe McCarthy, a Republican politician who was officially censured in the 1950s for using false accusations of communism to smear opponents.
In a February report, The New York Times noted that Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) had compared Cruz’ tactics to McCarthyism after he made the baseless suggestion that then-Secretary of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel was being paid by North Korea.
“Is McCarthy someone you admire?” reporter Todd J. Gillman wondered.
“I’m not going to engage in the back and forth and the attacks,” Cruz replied, declining to distance himself from McCarthy. “Several Democrats have demonstrated a willingness to attack me by name. I’m not going to engage in that argument. I’m going to stay focused on what I think Texans want me to stay focused on, which is the substance of the job.” - Raw Story, 3/25/13