Sen. Cruz accuses Democrats of 1st Amendment assault
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Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Energy: Oil giants meet with Trump at White House | Interior extends tenure of controversial land management chief | Oil prices tick up on hopes of Russia-Saudi deal Oil giants meet at White House amid talk of buying strategic reserves Florida sheriff asks for new leads in disappearance of Carole Baskin's former husband after Netflix's 'Tiger King' drops MORE (R-Texas) is accusing Democrats of seeking an amendment to the Constitution that he says would diminish freedom of speech.

Cruz calls the amendment on campaign finance reform proposed by Sen. Tom UdallThomas (Tom) Stewart UdallDemocrats ask EPA, Interior to pause rulemaking amid coronavirus Democratic senators ask Pompeo to provide coronavirus aid to Palestinian territories Democrats press Pompeo to help Americans stranded abroad amid coronavirus MORE (D-N.M.) an assault on the First Amendment.

“The contemplated amendment is simply wrong," Cruz wrote in an op-ed published late Sunday for the Wall Street Journal. "No politician should be immune from criticism. Congress has too much power already — it should never have the power to silence citizens.”

Udall’s amendment would overturn the Supreme Court decisions Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission from 2010 and the more recent McCutcheon v. FEC ruling, which both struck down limits on campaign contributions. 

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Forty-one Democrats have signed on to co-sponsor the amendment.

Cruz predicts the amendment would not pass through both chambers of Congress and three-quarters of state legislatures. 

“Still, it's a reflection of today's Democratic disrespect for free speech that an attempt would even be made,” Cruz said. “There was a time, not too long ago, when free speech was a bipartisan commitment.”

Cruz claims Democrats have already begun their attack on the First Amendment. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), for instance, “slanders” private citizens on the Senate floor for their political speech, Cruz said. 

That is a reference to Reid's repeated attacks on David and Charles Koch, who have given tens of millions to conservative causes.

If adopted, Cruz said it could prohibit the National Rifle Association from distributing voter guides meant to inform voters about politicians’ Second Amendment records.

“Congress could ban books, movies (watch out Michael Moore) and radio programs — anything not deemed "the press" — that might influence upcoming elections,” he claimed. 

Senate Democrats have said they plan to hold a vote on Udall’s amendment by the end of this year.