Senators Ted Cruz and Dianne Feinstein during a Senate Judiciary Hearing on Thursday got into heated exchange while discussing the California congresswoman’s proposed ban on so-called “assault” weapons.
The question that I would pose to the senior senator from California is,” Cruz said, referring to Feinstein, “Would she deem it consistent with the Bill of Rights for Congress to engage in the same endeavor that we are contemplating doing with the Second Amendment in the context of the First or Fourth Amendment, namely, would she consider it constitutional for Congress to specify that the First Amendment shall apply only to the following books and shall not apply to the books that Congress has deemed outside the protection of the Bill of Rights?”
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Cruz says conservatives are winning in Washington, urges them to keep up the fight
Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz closed the annual Conservative Political Action Conference by saying that conservatives have been winning in Washington over the past few weeks and imploring the audience not to “surrender” in the fight for their values in politics.
The newly elected Cruz was chosen as the keynote speaker Saturday after a heady first several weeks in Congress in which he voted against practically everything -- including Senate rule changes to curb filibusters and aid for Superstorm Sandy victims.
He said he arrived in Washington to find a defeatist attitude among some Republicans, including those who “patted me on the head,” then told him to vote ‘no’ and quietly move on.
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The Homeland Security Department released from its jails more than 2,000 illegal immigrants facing deportation in recent weeks due to looming budget cuts and planned to release 3,000 more during March, The Associated Press has learned.
The newly disclosed figures, cited in internal budget documents reviewed by the AP, are significantly higher than the "few hundred" illegal immigrants the Obama administration acknowledged this week had been released under the budget-savings process.
The government documents show that Immigrations and Customs Enforcement released roughly 1,000 illegal immigrants from its jails around the U.S. each week since at least Feb. 15. The agency's field offices have reported more than 2,000 immigrants released before intense criticism this week led to a temporary shutdown of the plan, according to the documents.
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