Moments ago, Senators Ted Cruz and Dick Durbin clashed over whether aid is going to illegal immigrants.
Democrat Senator Durbin accused Cruz of lying for saying it is.
Cruz fired back, saying “it is clear and indisputable that a significant number of illegal immigrants will receive checks and are receiving checks right now.”
“It is clear and indisputable that a significant number of illegal immigrants will receive checks and are receiving checks right now. All 100 members of this body were misinformed by the Democratic senator that no illegal aliens would receive … stimulus checks,” Cruz said, referring to Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin, who accused him of lying “So I want to give my colleagues a chance to adopt the amendment now with the correct information, with the true information, with the factual information.”
“I would note as well, in these deeply partisan times, it’s easy for Republicans to throw insults at Democrats. Its easy for Democrats to throw insults at Republicans. Far too much of that occurs,” Cruz continued. “The senator from Illinois, who is a friend who I’ve served with for nine years, the talented senator, I am not here suggesting that when he stood up and spoke on the Senate floor and said things that were absolutely false, that he did so knowingly and maliciously. I would certainly give the senator from Illinois the benefit of the doubt that he was in error rather than deliberately misstating facts.”
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) March 18, 2021