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The Brief: July 27, 2015

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz took a drubbing on the Senate floor Sunday from GOP leaders, who scolded him for calling the Republican majority leader a liar.

Joined by Dave McIntosh (left), the president of the Washington, D.C-based Club for Growth, and U.S. Rep. Bill Flores, R-Bryan, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz spoke at a July 15, 2015, news conference in front the U.S. Capitol to call on U.S. House and Senate leaders to eliminate any path for the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank.

The Big Conversation

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz took a drubbing on the Senate floor Sunday from GOP leaders, who scolded him for calling the Republican majority leader a liar. 

The battle, which Politico called a "Senate smackdown," stemmed from Cruz's comments Friday that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told a "flat-out lie" over legislative strategy on the Export-Import Bank. 

The Senate's top Republicans pushed back Sunday. That includes McConnell's top lieutenant, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, who said Sunday that Cruz "is mistaken." The Tribune's Abby Livingston has more on the two Texas senators: 

On Sunday the two men shared a strikingly tough exchange for two senators not just from the same party, but the same state. ...

Cornyn took the floor immediately after Cruz. He backed McConnell’s procedural maneuvers that stifled a Cruz amendment on Iran. And Cornyn questioned the legitimacy of Cruz’s charges against McConnell. 

“If the majority leader had somehow misrepresented to 54 senators what the facts are with regards to the Ex-Im Bank, I would suspect that you would find other voices joining that of the junior senator, but I hear no one else making such a similar accusation.”

“There was no misrepresentation made by the majority leader on the Ex-Im Bank,” Cornyn added.

Politico has reaction from a handful of Cruz's colleagues, as well Cruz doubling down that what McConnell has said is "on its face objectively false."

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