Ted Cruz a ‘NO’ on ObamaTrade: McConnell Lied to Him to Get TPA Vote

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]2016 GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz says that he was misled by Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and now must vote “no” on TPP, the bill now known as Obamatrade.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]In an op-ed Tuesday morning in Breitbart, Cruz wrote that while he is a big proponent of free trade, the current deal in this Congress “has become enmeshed in corrupt Washington backroom deal-making.”

Cruz expressed that the current deal has “serious concerns that it would open up the potential for sweeping changes in our laws that trade agreements typically do not include.”

When Cruz asked McConnell what deal had been made to convince Democrats like Maria Cantwell and Nancy Pelosi to vote for the deal they were initially against, McConnell, “visibly irritated” told Cruz and his fellow Republicans that there “was no deal whatsoever,” and that they would be able to offer amendments on the bill.

Shocker: It was another McConnell lie.

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Instead, McConnell will engage in Harry Reid-like tactics to ram Obamatrade through the Senate with no amendments and no debate.

At the same time, Cruz explains that RINO Speaker of the House John Boehner was busy making sleazy deals to get the support of conservatives. According to Cruz, “House conservatives went to Speaker Boehner and said they could support TPA if Boehner agreed not to cut a deal with Democrats on Ex-Im, and just let the bank expire.”

Boehner declined the offer but went ahead and made the deal with Democrats anyway to keep the cronyist Ex-Im Bank afloat while also increasing tax penalties on businesses.

Cruz writes that he cannot support the trade agreement deal in its present form, stating “enough is enough.”

Enough is enough. I cannot vote for TPA unless McConnell and Boehner both commit publicly to allow the Ex-Im Bank to expire—and stay expired. And, Congress must also pass the Cruz-Sessions amendments to TPA to ensure that no trade agreement can try to back-door changes to our immigration laws. Otherwise, I will have no choice but to vote no.


There’s too much corporate welfare, too much cronyism and corrupt dealmaking, by the Washington cartel. For too long, career politicians in both parties have supported government of the lobbyist, by the lobbyist, and for the lobbyist – at the expense of the taxpayers. It’s a time for truth. And a time to honor our commitments to the voters.

Cruz condemned the punishing of conservatives by Boehner, including the recent removal of Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) from his subcommittee chairmanship.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”553157113d3ff”][vc_column_text]McConnell was re-elected after promising his leadership in the Senate would stop Obama’s illegal amnesty and Obamacare. Instead, he has done nothing to stop either measure.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Matthew K. Burke
Matthew K. Burke
A former Washington State U.S. Congressional candidate in 2010, Matthew attended the nation’s first modern day Tea Party in 2009 in Seattle, Washington. He also began writing and blogging that year. Matthew became a Certified Financial Planner in 1995 and was a Financial Advisor for 24 years in his previous life. Matthew was one of the three main writers leading a conservative news site to be one of the top 15 conservative news sites in the U.S. in a matter of months. He brings to PolitiStick a vast amount of knowledge about economics as well as a passion and commitment to the vision that our Founding Fathers had for our Republic.

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