Election 2016

Ted Cruz Delivers State Of The Senate Address In Houston

The Texas lawmaker was supposed to update local business leaders on the state of the Senate, but it sounded more like a campaign speech.

U.S. Senator from Texas Ted Cruz visited Houston to delivered the State of the Senate address.
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, visited Houston to delivered the State of the Senate address.

Cruz opened the address with a focus on the economy. The Republican from Texas says taxes and regulations have created a difficult environment for small business.

Houston Public Media's Coverage of Election 2016

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In particular, he noted the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan. Proponents say it sets strong but achievable standards for cutting carbon pollution.

Cruz says the plan hurts economic growth and could cost the energy industry billions of dollars.

"If we get the federal government out of the way, the American energy renaissance we're experiencing has the potential to generate millions of high-paying jobs," Cruz says.

Cruz has been a vocal opponent of the Iran nuclear deal, which needs approval from Congress to be implemented. The Obama administration says it would block Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, while lifting sanctions.

But Cruz says the deal is dangerous and gives Iran too much leeway.

"Iran is today the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism," he says. "If this deal goes through, over $1 billion will flow directly to Iran."

As Congress debates next year's budget, Cruz also reaffirmed his supporting for defunding Planned Parenthood.

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