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Tags: congress | gop | amnesty | obamacare | repeal

Jack Kingston: Cruz Set 'High Bar' for GOP-Led Congress

By    |   Tuesday, 16 December 2014 10:00 AM EST

Republicans, with a solid majority in both houses of the next Congress, will have "no excuses" if they attempt to sideline issues important to the voters who elected them, outgoing Georgia Rep. Jack Kingston told MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

"Everybody who ran for Congress or Senate made the promise [of] no amnesty. Repeal Obamacare. Cut spending. And, I can say this, that there will be absolutely no excuses in January for the Republican Party," Kingston said Tuesday.

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Though conservatives were unhappy that the House and Senate passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill that included funding for President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration, Kingston suggested they "wait till the cavalry arrives" in January.

"I think that there are a lot of people who felt that somehow we would be in a better position to negotiate on the president's executive order about immigration now, rather than in February.

"What the bill does is it short funds the Department of Homeland Security to February. And, then you've got all these nine new Republican senators. You'll have the highest majority in the House for Republicans since, I think, [1929]," he said.

Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz angered many in his party last week by entering an amendment to the spending bill with fellow Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee to defund Obama's amnesty order.

The amendment failed, but Kingston said Cruz had set "a high bar for the coming year," adding that Republicans "really will have to perform" in the next Congress.

Kingston, a Republican, gave up his House seat to make an unsuccessful bid for the Senate, losing in Georgia's GOP primary to David Perdue, who beat Democratic challenger Michelle Nunn in November's general election.

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Republicans, with a solid majority in both houses of the next Congress, will have "no excuses" if they attempt to sideline issues important to the voters who elected them, outgoing Georgia Rep. Jack Kingston told MSNBC's "Morning Joe."
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