“Honor your commitments. Answer the question today, the exact same way you would have answered it a month ago when you were campaigning before the voters,” he added.
Cruz spoke after meeting with several House Republicans who are hoping the House can adopt Cruz’s recommendation. Several dozen GOP lawmakers are known to be pushing for language in the 2015 spending bill that blocks the use of any funds to implement Obama’s plan, which could allow millions of illegal immigrants to stay and work in the United States.
On Tuesday, however, House GOP leaders proposed a different plan. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) called for passage of a separate bill that would nullify Obama’s action, although that bill would not get any vote in the Democratic Senate because it would not be attached to the spending bill.
After that bill, Boehner proposed passing bills to fund the government, and has made no mention of trying to defund Obama’s immigration initiative. Boehner’s proposal seemed to be a sign that he had no interest in attaching language to defund Obama’s immigration plan to the spending bill, since that would be unlikely to pass in the Senate, and government funding expires on Dec. 11.
Cruz joined with Reps. Steve King (R-Iowa), Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and House lawmakers who are trying to convince Boehner to take a tougher stand against Obama.