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‘A Republican Leader Should Actually Lead’: Ted Cruz Calls For Mitch McConnell To Step Aside After Border Bill Debacle

Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz on Tuesday slammed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, saying McConnell should step down from his leadership post.

This was announced by a person involved in the negotiations. sentence The bill was passed Sunday night after weeks of negotiations between Republican Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma, Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut, and independent Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona. . Despite McConnell's support, House and Senate Republicans killed the bill, with House Speaker Mike Johnson calling it “dysfunctional on arrival.” (Related article: Nikki Haley calls the Senate “the most privileged nursing home” after McConnell freezes mid-speech)

“Republican leaders should actually lead this conference and advance Republican priorities,” Cruz said. Said At a news conference Tuesday, McConnell answered a question about whether he should resign.

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Some provisions of the bill drew criticism from Republicans, who argued that the bill would continue to allow hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants to enter the United States and give them work permits.

“The Senate amnesty bill would literally force President Trump to accept illegal aliens for the rest of his term,” said Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz. Posted Sunday. “Republicans who vote for this are no different than Democrats!”

McConnell appears to have rejected Cruz's calls for his resignation.

Asked about Cruz's comments, he said, “Everyone agrees that Sen. Cruz is not a fan.”

McConnell's health has been an issue in recent months. The Senate Minority Leader tripped and fell during an event at the Waldorf Astoria in Washington, D.C. last March, leaving him hospitalized with a concussion and broken ribs, and after being released from the hospital on March 13, he entered an inpatient rehabilitation facility. .

The 81-year-old senator was treated for a fractured shoulder after falling at his home in Kentucky in 2019. He also stiffened at an August news conference in Covington, Kentucky, when asked if he would run for re-election in 2026, and a similar incident occurred in July during his weekly news conference at the Capitol.

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