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Much of Senator Ted Cruz’s year has been spent challenging President Biden’s “radical” and “dangerous” candidates for the federal government, a tactic that could pay off next month when the Senate votes on whether or not. to impose sanctions on the Russian-German North. Channeling of flow 2.

Cruz, a Republican from Texas and a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, struck a deal with Senate Democrats at a late night session last weekend and lifted more than 30 of his holdbacks on appointments from departments in the United States. State and treasury in return for a promised vote in January on sanctioning companies involved in the $ 11 billion pipeline, which would transport Russian gas to Germany. The Senate has since confirmed dozens of Biden’s appointments, including more than three dozen ambassadors retained by Republicans.


Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during a press conference at the United States Capitol on October 6, 2021, in Washington, DC Senate Republicans held a press conference to discuss issues of immigration to the border.
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“Great victory” Cruz wrote on Twitter. “When the Senate meets again, we will finally have a vote on sanctioning Putin’s pipeline. And if senators value national security and are ready to stand up to Putin, we should vote overwhelmingly to sanction NordStream2. “

Cruz has been at the forefront of postponing Biden’s appointments, using him as political leverage since the president lifted sanctions on the company building the Nord Stream 2 in May. In doing so, Cruz regularly highlighted the leftist politics of each candidate in order to qualify them as extreme.

At the end of May, Cruz voted against confirming Kristen Clarke as deputy attorney general of the Civil Rights Division, calling her “completely unfit” and “one of the most radical candidates ever put forward for a position in the federal government”.

“Not only has she clearly expressed her distaste for law enforcement through her repeated calls to fund the police, but her story is not only to apologize, but also to celebrate the criminals who murdered police officers,” he said. said Cruz at the time. “The Department of Justice has a long history of being apolitical, of being faithful to the law, of not using the law as a partisan weapon to target enemies of any government in power. The Obama-Biden administration has corrupted this practice, and now the Biden-Harris administration is continuing this pattern. “

Ted Cruz spent much of 2021 putting Biden’s ‘radical’ candidates on their heels

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Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, attends a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing on oversight of the airline industry at the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on December 15, 2021 , in Washington, DC
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On May 26, Cruz protested the appointment of David Chipman to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), citing his past racist comments about black ATF agents and a previously undisclosed appearance on a Chinese propaganda media station, as well as his support for the AR-15 ban. The White House announced in September that it had withdrawn Chipman’s appointment due to a bipartisan backlash against his stances on gun control.

In August, during Myrna Pérez’s confirmation of charges hearing before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Cruz declared that Pérez was an “activist” and the “most dangerous” of all the candidates. of the presidential circuit.

“You have led litigation campaigns and you opposed the laws on voter identification”, he told her on August 5. “You opposed voter integrity laws. You opposed ballot collection bans. You argued that criminals could vote.”

“Senate Democrats don’t even hide the fact that Ms Pérez was appointed precisely because she will be a supporter of the bench,” he said.

In September, Cruz highlighted the soft crime policies of the person named by Biden, Rachael Rollins, district attorney for Suffolk County, New York, claiming she had been “vocal and aggressive” on the side of anarchy and “refuse” to prosecute crimes.

Last month, as Russian President Vladimir Putin rallied tens of thousands of troops on Russia’s border with Ukraine, signaling an impending invasion, Cruz stepped up the pressure on those named by Biden.

On November 3, during the hearing of Biden’s candidate at the 9th Circuit Gabriel Sanchez, Cruz claimed Sanchez “Played a leading role in legislation that would allow violent offenders to qualify for parole” and made communities “less safe”.

A week later, Cruz characterized Willow Omarova, Biden’s choice of Treasury to lead the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, as “determined to destroy the oil and gas industries.” Biden withdrew his nomination this month at his request, saying his candidate had been “subjected to inappropriate personal attacks that were far beyond pallor.”

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Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, asks questions of Steve Satterfield, vice president of privacy & public policy at Facebook Inc., as he testifies before the judicial subcommittee on competition policy, antitrust and consumer rights on Tuesday, September 21, 2021, in Washington.
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On November 16, during a Senate hearing with Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Cruz said Mayorkas is the one who “broken” the American immigration system. The next day, Cruz blasted Alvaro Bedoya, candidate for the Federal Trade Commission, during his Senate hearing as “left activist, provocateur, bomb thrower and extremist”.

December 2, Cruz criticized Biden’s candidate being the new Southern New York State Federal District Judge Dale Ho in his hearing as an “extreme supporter” and “radical.”

On December 7, Cruz opposed a motion to confirm Biden’s candidate for State Department chief of protocol, Rufus Gifford, after Senate Democrats refused to pass his Nord Stream 2 sanctions. .

“The Russian troops on the Ukrainian border are Joe Biden’s fault, and they are the fault of Senate Democrats for not wanting to stand up to a president of their own party,” said Cruz at the time. “And I would like to note that this particular candidate is a candidate to be the chief of protocol at the State Department. It’s really bad protocol to drive tanks in someone else’s country. You mean? protocol? What about the protocol of defending the interests of US national security? “

December 15, Cruz characterized Biden’s candidate in the second home circuit, Alison Nathan, as a “partisan” and “ideological” extremist who is forgiving of crime.


After Cruz and the Senate Democrats struck their deal on December 18, a total of 56 nominations passed through the Senate on votes cast, including former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel as Ambassador to Japan.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York promised Cruz that a vote on Nord Stream 2 sanctions would take place by January 14, but will require 60 votes, which means Cruz had to. work to do in an equally divided 50-50 Senate. .

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