Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace cornered Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) on his proposed plan to pressure the Obama administration over the recently announced executive action on immigration, seeming to wonder if Cruz had really thought out his idea for the Senate to block most nominations.
Cruz began by decrying Obama’s “wholesale refusal to enforce our immigration laws,” alleging the president had “essentially gotten into the position of counterfeiting immigration papers.” Wallace asked him if he was willing to attach a rider to an upcoming spending bill that could repeat last year’s government shutdown, and that’s when Cruz unveiled his idea to use nominations as leverage.
“Are you saying that the Senate should refuse to confirm Loretta Lynch, the president’s new nominee for attorney general, and thereby leave Eric Holder, who you don’t like very much, in that position even longer?” Wallace asked, somewhat incredulously.
“What I’m saying is we should use the constitutional checks and balances we have to rein in the executive,” Cruz replied. “In my view the majority leader should decline to bring to the floor of the Senate any nomination other than vital national security positions….If the majority leader announced that, it would impose real consequences on the president and the administration.”
Cruz added that Wallace and others had said the shutdown would damage the Republican Party in the midterms but nyah nyah nyah nyah nyah nyah.
Watch the clip below, via Fox News:
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