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Fresh Off the Plane From Cancun, Cruz Named to Aviation Subcommittee

Irony is working overtime this weekend as Ted “Cancun Refugee” Cruz was rewarded for shirking his responsibilities to his home state by being named to a new subcommittee–for aviation. Cruz was added to the Subcommittee on Aviation Safety, Operations, and Innovation as their Ranking Member probably before he even had a chance to unpack his unusually large “overnight bag”.

Joining Cruz on the subcommittee will be Chair Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona. The new appointments were announced by Senator Maria Cantwell of Washington, the Chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and Ranking Member Roger Wicker. Cruz had chaired the subcommittee before Republicans lost control of the Senate by losing both runoff elections in Georgia.

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Cruz was already making the conservative news rounds to justify his trip and rewrite the reasons for it until he found one that seemed to stick enough for Sean Hannity to repeat it as fact on his show Thursday night.

The statement from Cantwell and Wicker makes no mention of the Cancun scandal, focusing instead on the bipartisan committees and the work ahead for them.

“Americans are counting on us to deliver urgent economic relief from this pandemic, help American workers and businesses compete all over the world, and protect consumers and their families with the strongest possible safety standards,” said Chair Cantwell. “I am pleased to announce a slate of subcommittee assignments that will help us meet the needs of the American people, and I look forward to working with the new administration and my colleagues on this committee on both sides of the aisle as we aggressively tackle these challenges.

“These subcommittees cover a broad range of issues affecting our economy and the American people,” said Ranking Member Wicker. “I look forward to working with the leaders of each subcommittee in the bipartisan tradition of this Committee.”

Of course, Twitter isn’t quite ready to move on from Cruz leaving not just his constituents, but his own dog, during the worst winter storm in a decade.



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