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"The district court's order was abundantly clear: The federal court enjoined any and all aspects of the illegal amnesty order," said Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican. "If the Department of Homeland Security continues moving forward, that on its face is in violation of a federal court injunction." (Associated Press)

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Sen. Ted Cruz has become best known for his attempts to defund the Affordable Care Act. (Associated Press)

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Senate Armed Services Committee member Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, left, joined by Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, center, poses questions to Ashton Carter, President Barack Obama's choice to be defense secretary, as he goes before the committee for confirmation to replace Chuck Hagel as Pentagon chief, Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) ** FILE **

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Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, talks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington in this Dec. 13, 2014, file photo. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)

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U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, waves before speaking at the Freedom Summit, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) ** FILE **

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U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, waves before speaking at the Freedom Summit, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

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Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, talks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington in this Dec. 13, 2014, file photo. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)

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Rafael Cruz, father of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks in Madisonville, Texas in this Jan. 10, 2014, file photo. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)

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Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas talks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington in this Dec. 13, 2014, file photo. Unhappy Republicans say Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas left a gift certificate good for confirmation of 12 judicial appointments for President Barack Obama and Democrats this holiday season. Only a month or so ago, voters delivered them a lump of coal in midterm elections. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)

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FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2014 file photo, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas talks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Unhappy Republicans say Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas left a gift certificate good for confirmation of 12 judicial appointments for President Barack Obama and Democrats this holiday season. Only a month or so ago, voters delivered them a lump of coal in mid-term elections. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File) **FILE**

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Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, tried to take a stand on immigration enforcement and scuttled a deal arranged by Senate GOP leaders, thus allowing Democrats more time to approve key nominees before they lose control of the Senate at the end of the year. (Associated Press photographs)

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Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, talks with reporters after the Senate voted on a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through the next fiscal year on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke) ** FILE **

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., listens Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks to reporters during a news conference about a bill regarding military sexual assault cases on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, has called on Senate GOP leaders to refuse to confirm almost all of President Obama's nominations to judicial or executive offices until the president rescinds his amnesty order. (Associated Press)

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Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, said that Mr. Obama had initiated a constitutional crisis by assuming the powers of "a monarch." (Associated Press)

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With potential candidates including Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and former Sen. Rick Santorum, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, said there's no clear front-runner yet for the conservative Christian vote. (Associated Press Photographs)

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Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas led insurrections against Republican leaders several times over the past two years and refused to say in a television interview Tuesday whom he would support, but he called Mr. McConnell to congratulate him on his re-election.

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Sen. Ted Cruz (right), Texas Republican, joined a group of local pastors in decrying the city's move to subpoena sermons and other communications related to a court battle over the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), also known as the "bathroom bill." (Associated Press Photographs)

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U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is surrounded by preachers as he addresses a crowd at a Houston church, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. Cruz spoke about a legal dispute involving several pastors fighting subpoenas from Houston city attorneys demanding they turn over copies of any sermons they delivered that relate to Houston’s equal rights ordinance championed by the city’s gay mayor, Annise Parker. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)