Cruz a 'hell no' on spending bill
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Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzGoogle's most-searched politician of 2018 is Stacey Abrams Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg says he won't run for reelection as he preps for Iowa visit O’Rourke: Asking whether he is ready for White House is a ‘great question’ 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 RubioTrump risks clash with Congress over Chinese executive Kevin McLaughlin tapped to serve as NRSC executive director for 2020 Senate votes to end US support for Saudi war, bucking Trump 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 LeeOvernight Defense: Senate bucks Trump with Yemen war vote, resolution calling crown prince 'responsible' for Khashoggi killing | House briefing on Saudi Arabia fails to move needle | Inhofe casts doubt on Space Force GOP-controlled Senate breaks with Trump on Saudi vote Senate moves toward vote on ending support for Saudi-led war MORE (Utah), Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump: Sessions 'should be ashamed of himself' for allowing Russia probe to proceed Interior chief Zinke to leave administration Trump, Christie met to discuss chief of staff job: report MORE (Ala.), Richard Shelby (Ala.) and John McCainJohn Sidney McCain‘Justice’ selected as Merriam-Webster’s 2018 word of the year Trump will likely win reelection in 2020 Kevin McLaughlin tapped to serve as NRSC executive director for 2020 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’s marijuana conundrum: Cory Gardner The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump rips Dems as shutdown looms | Congress deadlocked | Flynn associates charged will illegal lobbying GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander won't seek reelection MORE (R-Ky.) a liar from the Senate floor earlier this year.