Texas Republicans not saying much about the Comey testimony. Friday, NewsChannel9’s Faran Fronczak asked Texas Senator Ted Cruz about it, to which, he did not respond.
He was in El Paso talking to The Borderplex Alliance. Cruz is for building a border wall, to which he says Democrats argue that it's too expensive. That's why he says his new bill "El Chapo's Law" would foot the bill saying:
"All of the funds seized from criminal forfeiture from El Chapo and other narco traffickers should be used to build the wall and for border security. And it is only a matter of justice that those who have profited -- smuggling narcotics, engaged in human smuggling, crossing our borders with impunity -- that their ill gotten gain should go to helping make our communities safer and helping finally secure the border."
Cruz also talked about his views on NAFTA. He wants renegotiations to focus on opening foreign markets to Mexico, so Texas businesses can get our goods into Mexico. Cruz saying:
“One area in particular I've been encouraging the president, encouraging the administration to focus on in NAFTA renegotiation is energy. Mexico is blessed to have abundant energy resources, enormous energy resources, many of which are not being developed right now."
Cruz says the problem is incentives that are keeping Mexico from developing more energy reserves, which could eventually open up Mexican energy markets to American investments, and those would naturally go to Texas.
While all eyes were on the Comey hearing Thursday, Senate Republicans worked to fast-track their version of the American Healthcare Act. Senate Majority Leader Mitch Mcconnell used Senate Rule 14, which now allows the bill to bypass committee and go straight to a vote before the Senate leaves for its August recess. Democrats are outraged. Cruz saying:
"It's no surprise that democrats are criticizing. The simple reality is that Obamacare hasn't worked. It is a monumental failure, and democrats for the last 7-years, their consistent position under Barack Obama is no changes in Obamacare. Do nothing. We're seeing it collapsing around us."
Cruz says he's working across the aisle with democrats to try to lower premiums under the new healthcare bill. Cruz was very against the first “Trumpcare” bill, but he did not answer how he plans to vote on this new bill.
Faran covered all things politics in the borderland, which included interviews with local leaders and politicians on issues the borderland faced. Before making her way to the borderland, Faran was the nightly news anchor for FOX28 in South Bend, Indiana. She covered all things political there as well, including then Governor Pence's re-election - before he was chosen as Donald Trump's Vice Presidential pick - and every 2016 Presidential candidate's trip through Michiana.