Spending bill doesn't include Cruz internet fight
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A push by Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward Cruz Hickenlooper, Bennet bring deep ties to 2020 debate stage 2020 Democrat Bennet releases comprehensive government reform plan GOP frets about Trump's poll numbers MORE (R-Texas) to block the Obama administration from handing over management of the internet is not part of a short-term spending bill backed by Senate GOP leadership.  

Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden, Eastland and rejecting the cult of civility California governor predicts 'xenophobic' GOP will likely be third party in 15 years This week: Congress set for clash on Trump's border request MORE (R-Ky.) filed the continuing resolution (CR) on Thursday without Cruz's initiative, which had gotten fierce pushback from Democrats and the White House. 
 
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Cruz and other conservatives wanted to block the administration from transferring the supervision of website domains from a Commerce Department contractor — the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers — to a broader body that includes foreign governments.
 
Cruz, who has kept the internet battle at the center of the spending fight, said Thursday that he was "profoundly disappointed" that the provision is being left out. 
 
"This is one more example why the American people are so fed up with Washington, because they expect all of us — Republicans, Democrats, and independents alike — to protect free speech online," he said in a statement. 
 
Cruz added that his House colleagues should "continue to stand united to ensure that the government funding bill prevents the Obama administration from permanently undermining free speech on the Internet." 
 
Lawmakers have until Oct. 1 to try to block the change, but without the measure in the spending bill, their efforts are likely to fall short. 
 
 
Under that proposal, Thune said, the extension would be delayed until early December, through the end of the CR, leaving lawmakers to renew the fight during an end-of-the-year session. 
 
 
Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidSenators briefed on US Navy's encounters with UFOs: report Key endorsements: A who's who in early states Trump weighs in on UFOs in Stephanopoulos interview MORE (D-Nev.) on Tuesday told reporters that "it's not [time for] a big debate for talking about how we change the internet forever. ... It's not a time to try to satisfy Cruz because he doesn't get along with the caucus and they're trying to shut him up." 
 
Thune said in a statement Thursday that Democrats initially seemed open to delaying the transfer but "new concerns about politics, not policy, drove them to change their mind."
 
“To say I’m disappointed doesn’t adequately convey my thoughts on leaving out a provision to stop the Obama administration’s imminent effort to surrender the federal role over the IANA functions of the Internet," he added.
 
This story was updated at 4:08 p.m.