Ted Cruz is a planner. He’s one of those people who like to set priorities and then meet them. So it should come as no surprise that he’s developed a list of priorities for the 115th Congress to get back on track.
Or perhaps we should leave out the word “back”. Going back implies you’ve been there before – and a strong case could be made that this Congress has not.
Speaking to a gathering of the NE Tarrant Tea Party last weekend, Cruz issued a reminder to his Republican colleagues that voters have given them a mandate to enact positive, conservative change.
“The voters have given us a Republican President, Republican heads of every agency, and Republican houses of Congress … It’s a very simple thing; let’s do what we said.”
He went on to list four points that he believes Congress should act upon: Obamacare repeal, tax reform, regulatory reform, and the appointment of “strong Constitutionalists to the Supreme Court and all the federal courts … if we could deliver on those four, this could be the most productive Congress in decades”.
On tax reform, Cruz stated that “Ideally what I’d like to see is a simple flat tax where we abolish the IRS”. The notion received high praise from those in attendance.
Speaking of praise, the Texas Senator offered examples of praise for the Trump administration regarding two of the four priorities mentioned in his speech.
On regulatory reform: “That may be the single thing I’m most optimistic about in this administration … It is a powerful, powerful thing if we get government out of the way and let each of you the small businesses in this country go and create jobs.”
On judicial nominees: “Neal Gorsuch is the single best thing President Trump has done, and confirming him is the best thing the Congress has done.”
The question is whether voters will remain engaged enough to hold their elected officials’ feet to the fire, a point Cruz made clear.
“Its the grassroots that produced this electoral victory … We need those elected officials – every one of them, myself included – to be held accountable to the people to do what we said we would do.”
The entire speech and Q&A may be viewed at the link below.