Factopolis

We currently have 6 false assertions made by Ted Cruz in our database.

Offices Held

  1. United States Senator from Texas (2013-)
  2. Solicitor General of Texas (2003-2008)

Statements

  1. … and the Democrats filibustered the legislation that would’ve resulted in this shooter being in federal prison instead of murdering those innocents in that Texas church.

    Claims

    Democrats Killed Legislation Which Would Have Prevented Texas Church Shooting
    The legislation in question wouldn’t have prevented the shooting.

    Fact Checks

    • The amendment Cruz cosponsored, which was defeated largely by Democrats after failing to reach a 60-vote threshold, strengthened efforts to prosecute people who lied about their criminal histories to obtain firearms. But the shooter in this case wouldn’t have showed up as having lied because of the Air Force’s failure to report his felony.

      The Cruz proposal also aimed to facilitate reporting to the instant background check system with guidelines and deadlines for federal agencies, including the armed services. While similar action by the Obama Justice Department around the same time didn’t help, Cruz’s clarifications becoming law may have. But it’s impossible to say with any certainty.

  2. Do you know the United States has the highest corporate tax rate of any developed country in the world? You look at countries all over Europe; Ireland, you look at The United Kingdom, you look at France. They’re cutting their tax rate, and what’s happening is jobs are fleeing to those countries. Capital goes where it gets the right tax rate.

    Claims

    The US Has the Highest Corporate Tax Rate in the Developed World
    The US does have a high statutory rate (up to 35%), but significant deductions and exemptions mean companies actually end up paying a much lower rate; the effective tax rate is about average. Furthermore, while the statutory rate is relatively high, it is not the highest in the developed world; that distinction goes to the United Arab Emirates with rates up to 55%.
    1. Paul Ryan Paul Ryan
    2. John Shimkus John Shimkus
    3. Donald Trump Donald Trump
    4. Sarah Huckabee Sanders Sarah Huckabee Sanders
    5. John Barrasso John Barrasso
    6. John Thune John Thune
    7. Tom Graves Tom Graves
    8. Sean Duffy Sean Duffy
    9. Kevin Brady Kevin Brady

    Ted Cruz has made this claim at least 2 times, from 2017-10-18 thru 2017-10-18.

  3. The United States has the highest corporate tax rate of any developed country in the world. #CNNDebateNight

    Claims

    The US Has the Highest Corporate Tax Rate in the Developed World
    The US does have a high statutory rate (up to 35%), but significant deductions and exemptions mean companies actually end up paying a much lower rate; the effective tax rate is about average. Furthermore, while the statutory rate is relatively high, it is not the highest in the developed world; that distinction goes to the United Arab Emirates with rates up to 55%.
    1. Paul Ryan Paul Ryan
    2. John Shimkus John Shimkus
    3. Donald Trump Donald Trump
    4. Sarah Huckabee Sanders Sarah Huckabee Sanders
    5. John Barrasso John Barrasso
    6. John Thune John Thune
    7. Tom Graves Tom Graves
    8. Sean Duffy Sean Duffy
    9. Kevin Brady Kevin Brady

    Ted Cruz has made this claim at least 2 times, from 2017-10-18 thru 2017-10-18.

  4. Look it was exactly the right thing to do. These are massive bailouts to insurance companies.

    Claims

    CSR Subsidies Are Bailouts
    Cost-sharing reductions are subsidies to lower insurance costs for low-income people, not save insurance companies.
    1. Donald Trump Donald Trump
  5. Now, there were a number of us who were concerned that that particular bill became a $50 billion bill filled with pork and unrelated spending that wasn’t hurricane relief. It was simply local members of Congress spending on their pet projects. And two-thirds of what was spent in that bill had little or nothing to do with Hurricane Sandy.

    Claims

    ⅔ of Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill Had Nothing to Do With Hurricane Sandy
    There were some relatively minor items for other/future disasters, but the vast majority targeted Hurricane Sandy relief.

    Ted Cruz has made this claim at least 2 times, from 2017-08-28 thru 2017-08-28.

    Fact Checks

    • Cruz could have said he thought the Sandy relief legislation included too many non-emergency items. That’s fair enough, and his opinion. But he was wrong to specifically say two-thirds of the bill “had nothing to do with Sandy,” or “little or nothing to do with Hurricane Sandy.”
  6. The problem with that particular bill is it became a $50 billion bill that was filled with unrelated pork. Two-thirds of that bill had nothing to do with Sandy.

    Claims

    ⅔ of Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill Had Nothing to Do With Hurricane Sandy
    There were some relatively minor items for other/future disasters, but the vast majority targeted Hurricane Sandy relief.

    Ted Cruz has made this claim at least 2 times, from 2017-08-28 thru 2017-08-28.

    Fact Checks

    • Cruz could have said he thought the Sandy relief legislation included too many non-emergency items. That’s fair enough, and his opinion. But he was wrong to specifically say two-thirds of the bill “had nothing to do with Sandy,” or “little or nothing to do with Hurricane Sandy.”
    • The numbers don’t back that up. Cruz might have been focused on the difference between immediate emergency relief and longer term reconstruction, but his words skipped over that distinction.
    • The vast majority of the spending was for Hurricane Sandy, including elements (such as Smithsonian repairs) that some lawmakers incorrectly believed were unrelated to the storm.
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