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Cruz predicts 'tidal wave' of lawsuits against reopening small businesses without legislation

Cruz predicts 'tidal wave' of lawsuits against reopening small businesses without legislation
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Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzO'Brien on 2024 talk: 'There's all kinds of speculation out there' Ocasio-Cortez, Cruz trade jabs over COVID-19 relief: People 'going hungry as you tweet from' vacation McSally, staff asked to break up maskless photo op inside Capitol MORE (R-Texas) on Wednesday predicted that a “tidal wave” of lawsuits against reopening small businesses would flood the courts if there is no liability protection legislation passed by Congress. 

The Texas senator told “The Hugh Hewitt Show” that he agreed with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellAs Biden administration ramps up, Trump legal effort drags on Harris says she has 'not yet' spoken to Pence Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year MORE (R-Ky.) that liability protection for small businesses that are reopening after the pandemic is necessary. 

“If we do nothing, there will be an onslaught, a tidal wave of lawsuits going after every small business in America for opening up and risking COVID-19,” he said. “That’s not an acceptable course of action.”

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Cruz said he expects Democratic lawmakers to “protect trial lawyers” by excluding the liability protection because they are funders of the party. He said Democrats’ priority during the pandemic has been political to “take care of their partisan wish list.”

“And so I fully expect that [Senate Minority Leader] Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerUS national security policy in the 117th Congress and a new administration Voters say Biden should make coronavirus vaccine a priority: poll New York City subway service could be slashed 40 percent, officials warn MORE (D-N.Y.) and [Speaker] Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiGovernors take heat for violating their own coronavirus restrictions Spending deal clears obstacle in shutdown fight Ocasio-Cortez, Cruz trade jabs over COVID-19 relief: People 'going hungry as you tweet from' vacation MORE (D-Calif.) will go to the barricades to protect the ability of the trial lawyers to sue everyone and try to extract billions from the system,” he said. “I don’t know how that will shake out.”

But the Texas Republican said his priority is to “get America back to work” and prevent the country from falling “into another great depression.”

“We need to keep people safe, follow sound science, follow the medicine, but also get people back to work so that we can harness the power of the American free enterprise system to bring this economy back with the same roaring force we had three months ago,” he said.

McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyTop Republicans praise Trump's Flynn pardon Richmond says GOP 'reluctant to stand up and tell the emperor he wears no clothes' Sunday shows preview: Biden transition, COVID-19 spike in spotlight MORE (R-Calif.) have signaled that they would not back a fifth coronavirus bill if it didn’t include liability protections for businesses. 

Businesses are pushing the White House and Congress to shield firms from lawsuits as they reopen after the pandemic, although Democrats, labor unions and trial attorneys have said they disagreed, saying McConnell is prioritizing corporations over people.