Speed Reads

2014 midterms

Ted Cruz says a GOP-controlled Senate will launch hearings on Obama's 'abuses'

There has been much discussion about what the Republican Party will do if, as expected, it takes control of the Senate in the 2014 midterm elections. While some argue the party will be forced to take on the responsibility of governing, complete with compromises and moderation, others say the party's conservative wing will demand a more combative approach toward President Obama in his final two years in office.

Sen. Ted Cruz fully plans on the latter, telling The Washington Post that a GOP-controlled Congress will launch a series of hearings on Obama, "looking at the abuse of power, the executive abuse, the regulatory abuse, the lawlessness that sadly has pervaded this administration." He also said the Senate should pass a full repeal of ObamaCare, despite the fact that the president will undoubtedly veto it. And he refused to endorse Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), viewed with suspicion on the right, as majority leader.

Combined with reports that conservatives plan to give the Republican leadership "hell," it looks like McConnell and Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) are going to have their work cut out for them.