Houston — Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Congressman Beto O’Rourke debated for the second time on Tuesday in San Antonio.
Both sides accused the other of many things during the often times heated debate.
With just 20 days before the midterm election we verified a couple of their claims.
When asked if Congress should enact regulations on social media to protect voters from misinformation, O’Rourke made this statement.
“Which is why I’m a little surprised that Senator Cruz has voted against the funding to protect access to the ballot box and to ensure that your vote goes to the candidate of your choice,” O’Rourke said.
He was referring to the Leahy Elections Security Grant Amendment.
In August, Senate republicans, including Cruz, blocked the amendment which would strengthen election security ahead of the 2018 midterms by providing $250 million in grants to states.
This statement is true according to Senate voting records.
When it comes to climate change, Senator Cruz made the claim O’Rourke and other Democrats approached the issue in the matter of government power to control the economy rather than in the matter of science.
Cruz said, “Congressman O’Rourke voted in favor of a $10 a barrel tax on every barrel of oil produced in the state of Texas.”
President Obama’s proposed tax would have been paid for by oil companies.
O’Rourke responded, “He’s going to make up positions and votes that I’ve never held or have ever taken.”
We checked the voting records on Congress.gov.
This is half true.
Congressman O’Rourke voted in favor of the $10 a barrel tax by voting against a republican resolution that opposed the president’s bill.
The proposed tax never became law.