The amendment is one of more than 400 introduced as part of Senate consideration of the fiscal 2014 budget resolution. Because budget resolutions don't become law, the amendments are not binding and would require separate legislation. But that hasn’t slowed this week’s free-for-all.
“I'm pleased to offer additional amendments that address and prioritize conservative principles that fortify Americans’ liberties and restrain an ever-encroaching federal government,” he said in a statement announcing the measures.
Cruz dubbed his food and beverage provision the “Bloomberg Big Gulp Amendment,” in a nod to the mayor’s ban on big sodas. A New York state judge blocked the ban, but not before the idea became a punching bag for Republicans, including former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
Cruz’s other amendments included measures calling for the repeal of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, prohibiting drone killings of U.S. citizens and limiting federal ownership of state lands.