Senate Democrats on Thursday for a second time blocked a proposal from Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzKasich leaves door open to Trump endorsement Instead of being bold, Clinton errs in picking Kaine Pro-LGBT push underscores GOP convention MORE (R-Texas) to rename the street in front of the Chinese Embassy in Washington for a Chinese dissident.
Cruz blocked again on renaming street for Chinese dissident
Cruz, who is running for president, tried to get unanimous consent to pass a resolution that would name the street in front of the embassy "Liu Xiaobo Plaza" after Liu Xiaobo, a human rights activist currently imprisoned in China. It would also change the embassy's address to "1 Liu Xiaobo Plaza."
"Standing together with a wrongfully imprisoned Nobel Peace laureate, we should say to the wrongfully imprisoned dissidents around the world, America hears you and we stand with you," he said from the Senate floor.
But the Texas Republican was blocked by Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne FeinsteinHotel lobby cheers scrutiny on Airbnb GOP platform attempts middle ground on encryption debate Week ahead: Encryption fight poised to heat up MORE (D-Calif.), who also objected to a similar request from Cruz late last month.
Before her objection, Cruz read from a statement by Feinstein and Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick LeahyNBA pulls All-Star Game from NC over bathroom law When America denies citizenship to servicemembers Criminal sentencing bill tests McConnell-Grassley relationship MORE (D-Vt.) in which they call for the Chinese government to release the dissident.
But Feinstein fired back that "believe it or not, I have actually played a role ... in helping dissidents to be released by the government of China and had some success."
"We did that by talking to the government," she added. "I think to do this in this way will set back the cause."