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Ted Cruz Says ‘Right Now’ He’s Against Graham-Cassidy Health Care Bill

Sep 25, 2017

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Ted Cruz opposes Graham-Cassidy bill; the new cultural plan in Dallas depends on you; a longhorn estimated at $500,000 sold for a “bargain”; and more.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz said Sunday that he’s against the latest Republican bill that aims to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Speaking at The Texas Tribune Festival in Austin, Cruz said of the health care bill, crafted by GOP Sens. Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy: “Right now, they don’t have my vote.” He said the same likely goes for Utah GOP Sen. Mike Lee, too.

He also said the Sept. 30 deadline to vote on the matter is “bogus.”

If Cruz sticks to that stance, Republican Senate leaders will have little hope that their bill will pass; it would lose if three GOP senators vote "no" this week.

Republican Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Kentucky's Rand Paul said they oppose the bill. GOP Sen. Susan Collins of Maine said Sunday it's "very difficult" to think she'd vote "yes." [The Texas Tribune, The Associated Press, NPR]

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  • Denton County commissioners on Tuesday will consider approving a committee to discuss the fate of the Confederate Soldier Memorial on the Courthouse-on-the-Square Lawn. A simple majority vote is needed to approve the committee. [Denton Record-Chronicle]
  • An impressive longhorn bull Cowboy Tuff Chexwas sold for $165,000 at the Hudson Valentine auction in the Fort Worth Stockyards. His horns are the longest in the world for a bull, measuring about 101 inches from tip to tip. [Fort Worth Star-Telegram]
  • Taking a gorilla’s blood pressure isn’t easy to say the least. In fact, primate specialists at the Dallas Zoo have been trying for years to get an accurate reading. They’re participating in a national effort to better understand the cardiovascular health of great apes. [KERA News]

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