While former President Bill Clinton made cigars a political risk, Sen. Ted Cruz used a stogie as a prop in voicing his outrage over the 2,313-page omnibus spending bill put together in “the dark of the night.”
The spending deal cut by Senate Republican leaders and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., passed Thursday in the Senate on a 71-23 vote. Before the vote, Cruz tweeted a video of himself standing in front of his desk, which contained a stack of papers that the Republican lawmaker said was the spending bill.
Lighting a cigar for effect, the senator said, “Christmas came early in Washington… for lobbyists. Lobbyists who are bankrupting this country.”
“While you were with your family, while you were shopping for Christmas, the lobbyists were spending and spending. I present to you, the massive omnibus bill that Congress is voting on,” Cruz said, as he motioned to the stack of papers.
The spending bill the Senate is voting on tomorrow is lobbyist boondoggle that belongs in an ashtray. pic.twitter.com/fa9euZLMYQ
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) December 19, 2019