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Cruz targets California governor over housing 'prescriptions'

Cruz targets California governor over housing 'prescriptions'
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Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzQuinnipiac poll finds Biden, Trump tied in Texas China could cut our access to critical minerals at any time — here's why we need to act The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Goldman Sachs - Two weeks out, Trump attempts to rally the base MORE (R-Texas) targeted California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomCalifornia plans to review coronavirus vaccine independently OVERNIGHT ENERGY: EPA may violate courts with new rule extending life of unlined coal ash ponds | Trump reverses course, approving assistance for California wildfires | Climate change, national security among topics for final Trump-Biden debate Trump reverses course, approving assistance for California wildfires MORE (D) over his idea that doctors should supply housing “prescriptions” like they prescribe medication.

The Texas senator accused the governor of thinking with “the Leftist mind.” 

“This is the Leftist mind: write a slip of paper & a house will magically appear,” he tweeted. “Never mind that the person doesn’t have a job, the contractor can’t get a CA permit to build the house, rent control has caused a housing shortage & homeless people are crapping on the doorstep.”

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Cruz was responding to Newsom’s posts on housing issues in which the California governor suggested, “Doctors should be able to write prescriptions for housing the same way they do for insulin or antibiotics.”

The Texas Republican also criticized another tweet from Newsom that said a quarter of Californians suffer from a behavioral health condition and that the U.S. health care system was designed to treat physical health but not behavioral health. 

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“Maybe stop giving them needles that they leave en masse in public parks?” Cruz tweeted. “And refusing to prosecute them when they engage in theft or vandalism? How ‘bout drug treatment programs instead?” 

California has faced criticism in recent months, including from President TrumpDonald John TrumpJudge rules to not release Russia probe documents over Trump tweets Trump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo Obama to campaign for Biden in Florida MORE and other Republicans, for how it has addressed its high homeless population in the midst of a housing crisis. The governor announced a $1 billion budget proposal to decrease homelessness in the state last month.

The governor's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.