Cruz blocked again on renaming street for Chinese dissident
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Senate Democrats on Thursday for a second time blocked a proposal from Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzGOP warns economy will tank if Dems win Ex-lawmaker urges Americans to publicly confront officials O'Rourke on calling Cruz 'Lyin' Ted': 'That wasn't the best phrase for me to use' MORE (R-Texas) to rename the street in front of the Chinese Embassy in Washington for a 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." 
 
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"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. 
 
 
Before her objection, Cruz read from a statement by Feinstein and Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyCorker: US must determine responsibility in Saudi journalist's death Senate Dems ask Trump to disclose financial ties to Saudi Arabia Saudi mystery drives wedge between Trump, GOP 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."