Who pushed for the government shutdown? Ted Cruz did. Who urged House Republicans to initiate the shutdown? Ted Cruz did. Who convened a secret meeting with Tea Party Republicans to make sure the shutdown continued? Ted Cruz did. Who called for blowing past the debt ceiling even though it would hurt the economy? Ted Cruz did. And who intends to cause another shutdown in January? Again, that would be Ted Cruz. Because of his role in the government shutdown that lasted 16 days and cost America $24 billion, a petition has sprung up calling upon the US Senate to expel Cruz from their ranks.
The Senate can expel Ted Cruz according to the Constitution
It’s not an impossible task either. According to Article 1, Section 5, Clause 2 of the Constitution,
“Each House may determine the Rules of its Proceedings, punish its Members for disorderly Behaviour, and, with the Concurrence of two thirds, expel a Member.”
Considering the fact that the Texas Republican has drawn the ire of many of his Senate colleagues for damaging the party, enough votes for expulsion could certainly be mustered.
There are many reasons why the Senate should expell Ted Cruz
There are many reasons why Cruz should be expelled. He took his obsession to derail Obamacare too far. He opposed the original clean budget bill that was passed by the Senate with bipartisan support. He then worked up House Republicans to stand their ground until their demand to defund the health care law was met by Democrats. At the urging of Cruz, they shut the government down and threatened to let the nation default on the debt. As a result, 800,000 federal workers were laid off, businesses lost money, hungry families were deprived of food assistance, children were deprived of school, and the full faith and credit of the United States was placed in jeopardy. Cruz even held a secret meeting with Tea Party members of the House to make sure they stand their ground no matter what. Even if the country crashed all around them.
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