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  • Unanimous Consent Request—Executive Calendar

    by Senator Ted Cruz

    Posted on 2013-03-06

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    CRUZ. I thank the Senator from Kentucky, and I want to ask the following question: Is the Senator from Kentucky aware of the reaction the American people are having to his extraordinary efforts today? Given the Senate rules do not allow for the use of cellular phones on the floor, I feel quite confident the Senator from Kentucky is not aware of the Twitterverse that has been exploding. So what I want to do for the Senator from Kentucky is to give some small sampling of the reaction on Twitter so he might understand how the American people are responding to his courageous leadership, to Senator Paul's doing something that in the last 4 years has happened far too little in this Chamber, which is standing and fighting for liberty.

    So I will read a series of tweets.

    So proud of Rand Paul standing up for what's right. Stand with Rand.

    Rand Paul: a reason to be proud of your elected representatives again. Keep going, Rand.

    Proud of Senator Rand Paul and all who have joined him in this effort. Stand today with Senator Rand Paul.

    So happy with Rand Paul right now. Someone finally using the system to aid, not usurp, our rights.

    Rand Paul filibusters Brennan nomination--over four hours now. Glad someone in the Senate has some spine.

    That was tweeted a while ago.

    Rand Paul is a hero today, a man with a backbone.

    Today Rand Paul is my hero.

    Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is a true constitutional hero in his filibuster against CIA nominee.

    I can honestly say, I am proud to currently live in Rand Paul's State of Kentucky.

    So proud of Rand Paul. He's bringing it. He's not going to let our constitution get trashed. A breath of fresh air. PRAY 4 THIS FIGHT 4 RAND.

    I am so beyond proud of Rand Paul and the way he is standing up for each and every American citizen right now by filibustering the Senate.

    I am VERY proud of Senator Rand Paul. This is an important moment when one person had the courage to yell STOP. Stand with Rand.

    So proud of Rand Paul. We need more like him. Stand with Rand.

    Rand Paul is now in hour 7 of his filibuster. He is standing up for our rights. Thank you. Stand with Rand.

    It is frightening that Obama seeks to have an ever growing amount of power. Drone strikes are frightening. Stand with Rand.

    Dear GOP. The base is crying out for more of you to stand with Rand. If you want the base's votes, get it together.

    Stand with Rand. We need you now more than ever. This president has usurped his power. We can't say anything bad against him.

    Stand with Rand. So long as Rand speaks, we'll be tuned in.

    It is unconstitutional to target and kill Americans on American soil with a drone. Stand with Rand.

    A retweet from Senator Rand Paul. I will commend the Senator from Kentucky. He was so flexible he was able to tweet while he was standing on the floor. A retweet from Senator Rand Paul's tweet: ``I will not sit quietly and let President Obama shred the Constitution,'' with the hashtags ``filiblizzard'' and ``Stand with Rand.'' Here is a more mixed one, but nonetheless demonstrating the respect the Senator from Kentucky is earning across the aisle.

    I may not always agree with Rand Paul but he has my respect. He's very willing to do what he feels is right. Stand with Rand.

    From Congressman Justin Amash: Why won't President Obama simply state that it is unconstitutional and illegal for government to kill Americans in U.S. without due process? Stand with Rand.

    Stand with Rand, because we deserve to know if American citizens should fear murder from our Government.

    Everyone should be aware of this important moment in American history. Stand with Rand.

    Proud to call Rand Paul my Senator. Stand with Rand.

    It is unconstitutional to target and kill Americans on American soil with a drone. Stand with Rand.

    The Federal Government does not have the power to kill its citizens whenever it wants. There is something called due process. Stand with Rand.

    Fight for our constitutional rights and liberties. Stand with Rand.

    Stand with Rand. I have gained a lot of respect for Senator Paul today. This is not a right or left issue, it is a civil liberties issue. Thank you Rand Paul and others who are taking a stand for patriotic Americans.

    A great day for liberty when Senator Rand Paul and a handful of others stood up for liberty. Stand with Rand.

    It is ironic that a Nobel Peace Prize winner won't guarantee that he won't use drones against Americans. Stand with Rand.

    I will note to the Senator from Kentucky and ask his reaction to these--this is but a small sampling of the reaction in Twitter. Indeed, in my office I think the technical term for what the Twitterverse is doing right now is ``blowing up.'' I suggest to the Senator from Kentucky and then ask his reaction--I suggest that this is a reflection of the fact that the American people are frustrated. They are frustrated that they [[Page S1197]] feel too few elected officials in Washington stand for our rights, are willing to rock the boat, are willing to stand up and say the Constitution matters. And it matters whether it is popular or not, it matters whether my party is in power or another party is in power. The Constitution matters. Our rights matter. And I think so many Americans are frustrated that they view elected officials as looking desperate to stay in power, desperate to be reelected to do everything except fight for the Constitution and fight for our liberties, and I think this outpouring the Senator from Kentucky is seeing is a reflection of that great frustration.

    I join with the sentiments of these and many others on Twitter. I ask the Senator from Kentucky if he was aware of this reaction and what his thoughts are to the many thousands more--I haven't been able to read their tweets--and their words of encouragement as the Senator from Kentucky more than anyone is standing with Rand.

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