Ted Cruz urged republicans to come together and support President Trump’s agenda at a Federalist Society event. He noted that despite the rocky few days around the ObamaCare repeal and replace bill, republicans have an enormous opportunity and not capitalizing on it would be “heartbreaking.”
“Now we’ve got an opportunity in this town to do an enormous amount of good. Where we are today as a result of the election: the Republicans have been given control of the White House, of every federal agency and of both houses of Congress – that does not happen often…. Now, we could do an enormous amount of good or we could screw it up badly. In my view, there are four big-ticket, priority items this year to which I am devoting virtually all my time and attention.”
“If we repeal Obamacare, having significant regulatory reform, major tax reform and confirm a strong conservative to the Supreme Court – we do all of that in 2017 – 2017 will be a blockbuster year. This has the potential to be the most productive Congress in decades. On the other hand, if we screw those four up, 2017 could be a heartbreaking missed opportunity. So that’s what the stakes are – and I’m excited. I’m energized to be in the arena working to get it done,” he added.
“We have got to get it done. Failure is not an option. You can’t spend six years campaigning and telling the voters, ‘If you elect us, we’ll do this,’ and then don’t do it,” Cruz said.
“And it’s worth remembering, look, the House plan didn’t have the votes – that House plan had been public 18 days – 18 days does not a final product make. The task before Congress is very simple: Sit down and bring people together, focus on common ground and how to get the task done.”
Clearly, the media reports of the demise of the republican effort to repeal and replace ObamaCare is premature.