Update: U.S. Senator Ted Cruz says he's not giving up his attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Cruz spoke at a sold out luncheon hosted by the Austin Chamber of Commerce Friday. Topics ranged from healthcare reform and the economy to Cruz's cowboy boots and reputation as a "bomb thrower."
Cruz deflected the question about his "bomb throwing" reputation and instead touted his ability to follow through on campaign promises and get things done in Washington.
"In Washington, they're surprised when you do what you said you were going to do," Cruz said to the crowded ballroom at the Four Seasons Hotel downtown. He was referring to the first bill he filed after he was sworn in: a repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
Cruz referenced Ronald Reagan multiple times, comparing slow economic growth under the Obama administration to growth under President Reagan.
"When we followed a certain pattern of policies we've seen economic growth follow. Economic growth does not come from Washington it comes from you," Cruz said to the crowd.
"Texas is booming and Austin is booming even within Texas because the policies that are being followed in Texas work," he said.
Cruz said restrained spending, a simplified tax code and regulatory reform will help the rest of the country's economy thrive like the Lone Star State.
Original Story: U.S Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) is speaking at a luncheon this afternoon hosted by the Austin Chamber of Commerce. He's expected to discuss business issues with Chamber members and business owners.
“This is an opportunity for Central Texans to hear more about Senator Cruz’s position on issues that affect their business community,” said Austin Chamber President Michael Rollins in a statement. “Our goal is to have attendees walk away with more knowledge of their newly elected Senator and to have a clear understanding of what his plans are to address the concerns of business owners.”
Cruz is expected to answer questions about the effect of federal regulations on the nation's businesses and the economy, the effects of federal health care reform on employers and what he's doing to work with Democrats in Congress.