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Houston Matters for Wed., Oct. 2, 2013

U.S. Senator and Houstonian Ted Cruz has been at the center of the squabbling in Congress that’s led to the partial shutdown of the federal government. On the Senate floor and in the media, he’s led the charge to defund the Affordable Care Act by any means necessary, including calling to tie such action to […]

U.S. Senator and Houstonian Ted Cruz has been at the center of the squabbling in Congress that’s led to the partial shutdown of the federal government. On the Senate floor and in the media, he’s led the charge to defund the Affordable Care Act by any means necessary, including calling to tie such action to funding the government.

Cruz’s fellow Texas Republican Senator John Cornyn, equally opposed to the Affordable Care Act, has, at times, demonstrated some subtle differences from Cruz.

For example, he had his name removed from a letter to Democrats this summer vowing to tie defunding the Affordable Care Act to an upcoming debt ceiling vote.

Last week, Senator Cornyn noted that Republicans are – quote – “all unified in the same goal. It’s just a difference in the family over the tactics.”

On this edition of Houston Matters, we examine how our elected officials represent Texas in Congress. Who serves Texans better: a lawmaker who stands his ground, regardless of the consequences, or one who compromises in the face of them, giving up ground in the interest of stability?

Also, in advance of this week’s Original Greek Festival in Houston, we’ll discuss the influence of Greek Houstonians with the co-authors of the book Greeks in Houston.

Plus, a visit to an area farmer’s market, and highlights from a recent MIT forum held here at Houston Public Media.

Houston Matters gets underway at noon on KUHF 88.7 FM. Join our conversation at 713-440-8870 or talk@houstonmatters.org.

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