Speaking to a ballroom filled with Christian conservatives last week, Senator Ted Cruz reflected on seven of the biggest victories for faith and families since Donald Trump took over the White House in January 2017. Cruz made his remarks at the annual Road to Majority Conference hosted by the influential social conservative advocacy group, Faith & Freedom Coalition.
Cruz, who was the last contestant standing in his race against Trump for the Republican nomination in 2016, has played a large role in the slim Republican-majority Senate, that he says has led to victories for conservatives, in addition to what has been accomplished by the Trump administration.
Cruz identified seven specific wins for Christian conservatives under the Trump White House over the first year and a half of his presidency.
There was no bigger voting issue for many Christian conservatives than the vacancy of the Supreme Court and the appointment of constitutionalist judges. Conservatives continue to celebrate the appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the highest court – an appointment confirmed by Congress on April 7, 2017.
2. Human life
Cruz also celebrated the numerous pro-life victories that have been achieved by the Trump administration. “We have seen in the last year and a half significant victories for preserving human life,” he said. One of the first moves Trump made was to reinstate the Mexico City Policy, which prohibits foreign aid from going to organizations and clinics that perform abortions.
3. Tax cut
Last December, Congress passed the most significant tax overhaul in three decades, Cruz said. He predicted this bill will lead to more money being left in the pockets of families.
4. Repeal of Obamacare individual mandate
As part of the tax bill, conservatives were able to accomplish something that some thought was only a pipe dream. They repealed the Obamacare individual mandate that left many liable to pay fines for not having healthcare. “This is big deal and something I led the fight for,” Cruz asserted.
5. School choice
Cruz introduced an amendment to allow parents and families to extend 529 college funds to pay for K-12 education at public and private schools, as a part of the tax bill. Under the expansion, parents can withdraw up to $10,000 per year from their 529 plans to pay for their children’s primary or secondary education.
6. Move of U.S. embassy to Jerusalem
In May, Cruz attended the historic opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, a move that he and many other social conservatives have long pushed for. Cruz praised Trump for the fact that he was able to do something that presidents of both political parties have promised to do but failed to make it happen.
7. Withdrawal from Iranian nuclear deal
Cruz is one of the most avid critics of the Obama administration’s deal finalized in January 2016 to lift nuclear sanctions against Iran in exchange for concessions in its nuclear program for the next several years. In fact, he and Trump held a joint rally to bash the deal in September 2015. When Trump announced that he was pulling out of the Iran deal last month, Cruz was among the many who applauded.