114th Congress Senate Republican Texas
Last Updated on: 10/01/15  

Sen. Ted Cruz

(R) TX    

Sen. Ted Cruz

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VOTES (17 of 17)

HEITKAMP AMENDMENT SUPPORTING THE WIND PRODUCTION TAX CREDIT The amendment, introduced by Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), expresses the sense of the Senate that the Wind Production Tax Credit and seven other now-expired tax credits for green energy production should be reauthorized and extended until 2020. At the beginning of the year, special interest tax breaks for wind, closed-loop biomass, open-loop biomass, geothermal and solar energy facilities, landfill gas facilities, trash facilities, qualified hydropower facility, and marine and hydrokinetic renewable energy facilities expired. No No
KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE This week, the Senate began consideration of the Keystone XL Pipeline Act (S. 1), which mirrors the bill (H.R. 3) approved by the House on January 9th. The project would increase American energy security, create thousands of jobs, and increase revenue in the states it runs through. Yes Yes
DHS FUNDING BILL: A BLANK CHECK FOR AMNESTY On Friday, February 27, the Senate adopted a substitute amendment (#255) offered by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act (H.R. 240). Heritage Action was key voting in favor of the House-passed DHS funding bill prior to the adoption of the McConnell Amendment, which essentially removed language that would have denied funding and resources for the President’s unconstitutional amnesty. With the adoption of the substitute amendment, Heritage Action will key vote against H.R. 240 and include it as a key vote on our legislative scorecard. No No
FIGHTING THE UN ARMS TRADE TREATY On Friday, March 27, the Senate considered numerous amendments to the Senate Budget Resolution (S Con Res 11). Introduced by Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), this amendment prohibits the funding of international organizations responsible for the implementation of the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) prior to Senate ratification. ATT contains provisions that require export and import controls on weapons. Yes Yes
MANDATORY PAID SICK LEAVE On Friday, March 27, the Senate considered numerous amendments to the Senate Budget Resolution (S Con Res 11). Introduced by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), this amendment instructs the appropriations committee to set aside funds for a government program that establishes paid sick leave as well as “promote equal employment opportunities.” No No
SAME-SEX "MARRIAGE" BENEFITS On Friday, March 27, the Senate considered numerous amendments to the Senate Budget Resolution (S Con Res 11). Introduced by Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI), this amendment would provide Social Security and veterans benefits for legally married same-sex spouses. No No
$500 BILLION DOC FIX The Senate voted on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 2). The bill, negotiated by Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), would permanently repeal Medicare's Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) while making some small-scale reforms to the entitlement program and extending other programs such as the Clinton-era Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The package will likely increase America’s debt by $500 billion over the next two decades. No No
LEE MOTION TO STRIKE PAY-GO EXEMPTION FROM “DOC FIX” PACKAGE Senators voted on a motion to strike Sec. 525 from the House-passed Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (H.R. 2), the so-called permanent doc fix. The amendment, offered by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) would strike the bill’s provision exempting it from PAYGO. If adopted with a majority vote, the change would require Congress to offset the $141 billion cost of the bill, including at least $7 billion this year. Yes Yes
LEAHY AMENDMENT TO UNDERMINE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM The Senate voted on the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act (S. 262) as an amendment to the long-stalled Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015 (S. 178). Introduced by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the amendment contains language that would undermine basic civil rights and our nation’s commitment to religious freedom. No -
CONFIRMATION OF LORETTA LYNCH FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL The Senate vote leading to the confirmation of Loretta Lynch to serve as Attorney General. No No
STRIKE TRADE ADJUSTMENT ASSISTANCE (TAA) FROM TRADE PROMOTION AUTHORITY (TPA) The amendment, offered by Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), would strike the extension of the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program. If adopted TAA would be removed from the bill and senators would have the ability to debate and vote on the Trade Promotion Authority on its merits. Yes Yes
MOTION TO TABLE KIRK EXPORT-IMPORT BANK AMENDMENT The Senate voted on the motion to table (i.e. kill) an amendment introduced by Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank. Yes Yes
BIPARTISAN CONGRESSIONAL TRADE PRIORITIES AND ACCOUNTABILITY ACT OF 2015 (H.R. 2146) The Senate will vote on the House-passed Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (H.R. 2146), which would grant President Obama fast-track authority, also known as Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). No No
A-PLUS AMENDMENT S. 1177 The Senate will likely vote on an amendment offered by Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) to the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015 (S. 1177).The amendment, known as A-PLUS, would give the states the ability to escape No Child Left Behind’s prescriptive programmatic requirements, consolidate their federal education funds and use them for any lawful education purpose they deem beneficial. Yes Yes
SENATE NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND REAUTHORIZATION The Every Child Achieves Act of 2015 (S. 1177), introduced by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), would reauthorize the Bush-era No Child Left Behind law until 2021. No No
MCCONNELL AMENDMENT TO SAVE THE EXPORT-IMPORT BANK The Senate will vote on an amendment to the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy (DRIVE) Act (H.R. 22). The amendment, offered by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), would resurrect the now-expired Export-Import Bank. No No
HIGHWAY AND TRANSIT BAILOUT (H.R. 22) The Senate will consider the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy (DRIVE) Act (H.R. 22). The 1,000+ page bill would reauthorize highway and transit programs for six years while increasing spending, revenue and deficits. It would authorize $317 billion over six years for core highway and transit programs. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also promised the bill would serve as a vehicle to resurrect the now-expired Export-Import Bank. No No
CONTINUING RESOLUTION THAT FUNDS PLANNED PARENTHOOD The Senate will consider a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government’s discretionary operations until December 11, 2015. That bill will also continue taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood, an organization that will commit more than 70,000 abortions between now and December 11. Planned Parenthood has been accused of manipulating abortion procedures to secure higher prices for the sale of baby parts from aborted children. No No
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First Amendment Defense Act The First Amendment Defense Act (S. 1598), introduced by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), would prevent the federal government from discriminating against any individual or group, whether nonprofit or for-profit, based on their beliefs that marriage is the union of a man and woman or that sexual relations are reserved for marriage. That protection would extend to tax policy, employment, licensing, accreditation, contracting and grants. Yes Yes
Transportation Empowerment Act The Transportation Empowerment Act (S. 1541), introduced by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), would turn back control of the federal highway program (including transit) to the states by incrementally decreasing the federal gas tax and the size of the federal program, and in turn empower the states to fund and manage their transportation programs and priorities—not those of Washington bureaucrats or influential lobbyists. Yes Yes
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