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Cruz says filibuster blocking the 'most radical legislative agenda ever' from passing Congress

Cruz said that eliminating the filibuster in the Senate would clear the way for congressional Democrats to potentially make dramatic moves such as granting statehood to Washington D.C. and adding justices to the nation's high court.

Updated: January 29, 2021 - 2:40pm

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Sen. Ted Cruz said during a Just the News special event that eliminating the filibuster in the Senate would clear the way for congressional Democrats to potentially make dramatic moves such as granting statehood to Washington D.C. and adding justices to the nation's high court, a proposal often referred to as court packing. 

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While Senate Democrats could potentially eliminate the filibuster if they unanimously stick together on the issue, Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona do not support such a move.

"If Manchin and Sinema give in, if they do what Schumer wants and end the filibuster, we will see the most radical legislative agenda ever moved through the United States Congress," Sen. Cruz said during the "Hold the Line," Just the News' special event hosted by John Solomon and sponsored by Heritage Action for America. But Cruz said if the two senators continue to stand against eliminating the filibuster, "then many of the most extreme steps that the Democrats want to take won't happen."

But the Texas Republican said that even without securing enough support to nix the filibuster in the Senate, many "bad policies are going to be enacted" in the coming years. 

Cruz said that President Biden is already utilizing executive orders and that the administration will "lean in hard on the executive and regulatory side." 

"They also will be able to use what's called budget reconciliation which is a special procedural vehicle that gets around the filibuster," Cruz said, predicting that Democrats will approve "a massive tax increase in the next couple of months."

Heritage Action Executive Director Jessica Anderson emphasized the importance of ensuring election integrity and said that dealing with the issue involves a dual-focus strategy that addresses issues at both the federal and state level.

"So on the federal level, you know, we're gonna be looking to senators like Senator Cruz, some of his conservative colleagues in the House, to do everything that they can to block the federalization of these convenience laws that were in place because of COVID-19 during the November election and now could be made permanent—mail-in ballots, different ID laws, the timing that's allowed around whether you can vote in person versus not—all of these things are part of this package that Nancy Pelosi has put forward in HR1 which would federalize the election system," Anderson said.

She noted that the second area of focus involves addressing election issues at the state level: "If you look at the states that are most vulnerable for fraud...you see a pattern of neglect from elected officials to take their job serious to hold precincts and electors that are voting accountable," she said.

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