Cruz a 'hell no' on spending bill
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Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSchumer moves to break GOP blockade on Biden's State picks Bipartisan senators to hold hearing on 'toxic conservatorships' amid Britney Spears controversy GOP senators seek to block dishonorable discharges for unvaccinated troops MORE (R-Texas) slammed a 2,009-page spending bill on Thursday, saying he will oppose the measure. 

"Typically in the Senate you have two votes, you can vote either yes or no. On this particular matter, my vote I intend to be hell no," Cruz, who is running for president, told "The John Fredericks Show." "This is what's wrong with the Washington Cartel."
 
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The comments come as the Senate is scheduled to vote Friday on the end-of-the-year legislation as well as a separate tax package after leadership got unanimous consent — which requires agreement from every senator — to speed up the votes.
 
Cruz is the latest Republican to say that he will oppose the spending bill. Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Dems attempt to tie government funding, Ida relief to debt limit Poll: Trump dominates 2024 Republican primary field Milley says calls to China were 'perfectly within the duties' of his job MORE (R-Fla.), who has been locked in a battle with Cruz over the Republican presidential nomination, also said Thursday that he opposes the spending bill. 
 
Republican Sens. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Dems attempt to tie government funding, Ida relief to debt limit Trump lawyer offered six-point plan for Pence to overturn election: book Graham found Trump election fraud arguments suitable for 'third grade': Woodward book MORE (Utah), Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsOvernight Hillicon Valley — Apple issues security update against spyware vulnerability Stanford professors ask DOJ to stop looking for Chinese spies at universities in US Overnight Energy & Environment — Democrats detail clean electricity program MORE (Ala.), Richard Shelby (Ala.) and John McCainJohn Sidney McCainBiden steps onto global stage with high-stakes UN speech Biden falters in pledge to strengthen US alliances 20 years after 9/11, US foreign policy still struggles for balance MORE (Ariz.) have also publicly said they will vote against the legislation. 
 
Cruz took a swing at congressional Republican leadership over concessions made on ObamaCare, the Iran nuclear deal, Planned Parenthood and immigration as part of the omnibus legislation. 
 
"Republican leadership has proven to be the most Democratic leaders we have ever seen," he said on Thursday. "[This] does not honor the promises we made to the men and women who elected us." 
 
Cruz's anti-Washington narrative has been at the heart of his presidential campaign, including raising eyebrows when he called Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell, Shelby offer government funding bill without debt ceiling Franken targets senators from both parties in new comedy tour Woodward: Milley was 'setting in motion sensible precautions' with calls to China MORE (R-Ky.) a liar from the Senate floor earlier this year.