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Sen. Cruz Apologizes to GOP Colleagues for Saturday Session

By    |   Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 07:08 PM

Sen. Ted Cruz apologized to his fellow Republicans in the chamber on Tuesday for making them work on Saturday.

Several senators from both sides of the aisle had complained about Cruz's tactic, which forced lawmakers to either stay in Washington or return to the nation's capital so Congress could hash out a deal to fund the government.

Cruz, of Texas, and Utah Sen. Mike Lee challenged the spending bill, which the House had already passed, Friday night and requested to hold a vote that would stop the recent immigration amnesty ordered by President Barack Obama.

In response, outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid held an all-day session on Saturday to begin the confirmation process for several judicial appointees.

The Senate eventually passed the $1.1 trillion spending bill late Saturday night after Cruz dropped his challenge.

According to Politico, Cruz apologized to GOP senators on Tuesday.

"Yes, the senator acknowledged that a number of his colleagues had to unexpectedly change their weekend plans, and he apologized to them for inconveniencing their personal schedules. That was not his intention," Cruz spokeswoman Catherine Frazier told Politico.

"His intention was to secure a vote on President Obama's illegal executive amnesty, and to use every procedural means to do so."

Republicans and Democrats cried foul over Cruz's move, which they compared to his marathon filibuster last year that lasted more than 21 hours — and led to a 16-day government shutdown.

This time, some lawmakers who had already traveled to their home states to relax for the weekend were told to come back to Washington for a weekend of work.

With reporters trying to interview Cruz as he walked into the Senate chamber on Saturday, Democrat Sen. Claire McCaskill shouted, "Quit giving him so much attention, that's exactly what's causing the problem!"

Cruz's apology was made in private and was not provoked, reports Politico.

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