Senator Ted Cruz: Majority Leader McConnell is a Liar

On Friday, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, took an unusual step to bolster his conservative credentials and wrestle the spotlight back in his direction: He called his own party leader a “liar.”

Cruz’s message on the Senate floor was on a complicated topic of little interest except to the most hardened partisans: He accused Senate Majority Leader McConnell, R-Ky., of lying to him and other senators about offering an amendment on the controversial-among-conservatives Export-Import Bank, a government agency that provides financing to American companies trying to send goods abroad that might not get loans from private banks. The authorization for the bank has already expired, and Republicans would like to make sure it’s not renewed. But the Senate now is gearing up to vote Sunday on an amendment to revive the bank as part of its consideration of a long-term transportation bill currently before it.


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