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

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz talks to reporters after the Senate passed at $  1.1 trillion spending bill at the U.S. Capitol in WashingtonBy 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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