Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), the architect of the 2013 government shutdown, stood outside the Capitol with House conservatives on Wednesday and urged the GOP to not provide funding for President Obama’s executive orders on immigration.
Cruz told reporters at a press conference that he would support a short-term spending bill, known as a continuing resolution (CR), that includes a rider that defunds Obama’s immigration action.
While the House Appropriations Committee contends that would be impossible, Cruz says riders have been attached to funding bills “hundreds,” even “thousands of times.”
Congress should “stand up” and say “we will not allocate taxpayer dollars to lawless and illegal amnesty,” Cruz said at the press conference.
Reps. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), Steve King (R-Iowa) and Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) were among the House conservatives who attended the event, which began with an opening prayer by a pastor and transformed into something resembling a rally.