Firebrand Senator Ted Cruz apologizes for U.S. spending bill ruckus

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) talks with reporters after the Senate voted on a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through the next fiscal year on on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, the Texas Tea Party firebrand who nearly provoked the second government shutdown in a little over a year, on Tuesday apologized to his fellow Republicans for a strategy that backfired. A Cruz spokeswoman said the senator apologized to colleagues “for inconveniencing their personal schedules” over the weekend. Cruz still believes, the spokeswoman said, that fighting to stop President Barack Obama’s new program easing deportations for millions of illegal immigrants “was critically important. …

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