Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte blasts Ted Cruz for trying to shut down the government again in a feeble attempt to revise his dead Presidential candidacy.
Ted Cruz is asking fellow Republicans to refuse to fund the government after September 30 unless all funding ceases to Planned Parenthood. It’s not about religion nor the altered videos against Planned Parenthood. It’s about Cruz seeking attention to revive his dying bid for President, and to set up paid speaking opportunities after his political career.
Republican Senator Ayotte is having none of it. She stated the following in a letter to Cruz:
As you know, the funding bill to keep the government running expires on September 30th, and if we do not pass legislation to fund the government by that time, the government will shut down as it did in October 2013. Given the challenges and threats we face at home and abroad, I oppose risking a government shutdown, particularly when it appears there is no chance of achieving a successful result. Nevertheless, as I understand it, you have been circulating a letter to our colleagues asking them to oppose any government funding bill that continues to authorize funding for Planned Parenthood.
Since we only received 53 votes on the previous vote to redirect money away from Planned Parenthood, what is your strategy to succeed in actually defunding Planned Parenthood?
How do we get 60 votes?
And if for some reason there were 60 votes, how do we get 67 votes in the Senate to overcome a Presidential veto?
During the last government shutdown, I repeatedly asked you what your strategy for success was when we did not have the votes to achieve the goal of defunding Obamacare, but I did not receive an answer. I am again asking this question and would appreciate you sharing your strategy for success with all of us before any damaging government shutdown becomes imminent.
I appreciate you taking the time to read this letter, and I look forward to your response.
One thing is for sure. Cruz will not respond.