Following an arduous presidential campaign, which seems to have taken its toll, Sen. Ted Cruz has decided to spend time with his family this week and recover.
Cruz returned to Washington last week to work on a defense policy bill, but this week the senator is returning to Texas for some much-needed R&R.
“After several months of a nonstop schedule, Sen. Cruz is taking some downtime this week with Heidi and the girls. He looks forward to returning to the Senate next week,” said Cruz spokesman Phil Novack.
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The break forces Cruz to miss votes on increased funding to battle the Zika virus as well as appropriations bills. In his absence, the Senate voted to raise an additional $1.1 billion in emergency funding, which falls short of Obama’s requested $1.9 billion.
The Texas senator dropped out of the presidential race at the beginning of the month after losing to Donald Trump in Indiana. As it currently stands, Cruz plans to seek re-election to the Senate in 2018 and he could run for president again in 2020.
While Cruz has yet to endorse Trump, he has informed supporters he does not intend to challenge Trump’s nomination at the Republican convention.
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Cruz also released a video earlier in the week in which he expressed pride in his campaign, the title of which was “No Regrets.”
“I don’t know what the future will hold. We may face some challenging days ahead. We may face growing challenges going ahead, but I am convinced that movement, the men and women gathered here will be the remnant, will be the core of pulling this country back from the abyss,” said Cruz.
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