Rep. Rangel: Sen. Cruz is GOP ‘House Leader’

By Eric Scheiner | March 9, 2015 | 1:49pm EDT

Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) says that immigration reform will not be voted on in the House because of the Tea Party and that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is their “House leader”.

Rangel made the comments while hosting the Manhattan Neighborhood Network’s ‘Represent NYC’. During the program that was posted online last week, Rangel explained his theory on why immigration reform will not reach the floor of the House, that Sen. Cruz is considered by some to be “Speaker Cruz” and how that if “everybody without papers would disappear - our economy would go sliding into a deficit.”

“I truly believe that Speaker Boehner wants to vote on the immigration, because if you’re a patriot and you’re concerned about the economic security of the United States, you cannot ignore the negative impact of not doing something about this issue,” Rangel said.

“But in order for him to become speaker, before the last election, he was totally dependant on the Tea Party support. And a part of their support was nothing reaches the floor from the Republican Party without their approval - to such an extent they have Sen. Cruz from Texas as their House leader. Some of the Republicans, I started to call them moderate but even those are gone, some Republicans that are not members of the Tea Party call him ‘Speaker Cruz’ because of his control.”

“So, it’s not as big a deal as people would believe, that it’s the entire Congress, even though we all have to be indicted because we all are part of the institution,” Rangel continued.

“So to me what it amounts to that if you can really find out were these people are, who emotionally and politically oppose - every church, every synagogue, every temple ought to know who they are. We can get a head of steam for doing the right thing, because I can’t possibly think of any negative thing that comes out opening our doors to people that love this country so much, that they have made all of these sacrifices to come and to bring their children and to participate and to improve the quality of life.”

“If one day everybody without papers would disappear - our economy would go sliding into a deficit,” Rangel concluded.

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