Democrats block vote on Ted Cruz proposal to rename street after Chinese award winner
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on Thursday tried to force a Senate vote on a measure aimed at renaming the street where the Chinese embassy sits after a Nobel Laureate who is serving an 11-year sentence in China for subversion.Cruz has a knack for showing how Democrats kowtow to despots.
But Cruz was beaten back by Senate Democrats, who said the measure was being rushed to the floor without enough time for consideration.
Cruz's resolution aims at registering U.S. disapproval of China's decision to imprison activist Dr. Liu Xiaobo. Cruz said it's modeled after a tactic President Ronald Reagan used decades earlier, when he renamed the street where the Soviet Union's embassy sat after a Soviet Union activist who was banished and then jailed by his government.
Cruz spoke for several minutes about his proposal, and then asked unanimous consent that it be taken out of committee and passed immediately. But Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., objected.