2024 Texas Senate Voters Guide

Colin Allred (D) vs Ted Cruz (R)

US Senate | Election | Nov 5, 2024

The Candidates

Colin Allred

Colin Allred

Democrat

Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz

Republican

Incumbent

The Issues

Abortion

Ban or legal?

Colin Allred (D)

Legal. Would work “to protect the freedoms and rights of women.” Calls Texas’s abortion ban “cruel.” Sponsored bills to enshrine federal rights to abortion and out-of-state services.

Ted Cruz (R)

Ban. Supreme Court reversing Roe v. Wade is “a massive victory for life.” Opposed putting the right to abortion into federal law. In 2016 said there should be no exceptions for rape or incest. Sponsored a bill criminalizing performing abortions after 20 weeks.

Climate

Should climate change be a top priority?

Colin Allred (D)

Yes. Is “incredibly concerned” about climate. Supports being “aggressive” about emission reductions while being “realistic” and innovative. Natural gas is “important,” but “we can find…reductions” and increase carbon capture.

Ted Cruz (R)

No. Voted against funding $369 billion in climate and clean energy initiatives. Pushed for Trump to pull out of the Paris pact to reduce global warming. A tax on methane emissions represents a “radical climate agenda.”

Criminal Justice

How to ensure effectiveness and fairness in law enforcement?

Colin Allred (D)

Supports “common-sense reforms that will restore trust in our law enforcement and ensure justice.” Voted for holding police accountable, addressing racial profiling, and limiting use of force. Sponsored a bill to encourage police use of “de-escalation tools.”

Ted Cruz (R)

Police are “under attack.” Sponsored bills strengthening protections for police and having recruits work in their own communities. Said January 6 U.S. Capitol stormers were prosecuted more than Black Lives Matter protesters he called “terrorists.”

Economy

Decrease or increase government investment in, and regulation of, the economy?

Colin Allred (D)

Increase. Voted for a bipartisan bill to provide funding for infrastructure.

Ted Cruz (R)

Decrease. Voted against the bipartisan infrastructure bill, calling it “reckless.”

Elections

Did Joe Biden win the 2020 Presidential election?

Colin Allred (D)

Yes. In November 2020, said “After voting in record numbers, Americans have chosen Joe Biden as their President.”

Ted Cruz (R)

No. In 2021 rejected Electoral College results from some states; called for a commission to audit results. Voted against impeaching Trump for inciting insurrection.

Environment

Loosen or tighten environmental regulations?

Colin Allred (D)

Tighten. Voted for fund to plug orphaned oil and gas wells and to track greenhouse gases. Voted to keep aid to low-income areas for reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and to keep a tax on methane emissions.

Ted Cruz (R)

Loosen. Opposed EPA’s air quality regulations. Opposed a NASA rule requiring contractors to disclose greenhouse gas emissions. Sponsored a bill to repeal an EPA limit on vehicle emissions.

Gun Laws

Loosen or tighten gun regulation?

Colin Allred (D)

Tighten. Supports “common-sense” laws to “reduce gun violence and save lives.” Voted  to implement “red flag” laws, raise the legal age to buy some rifles, & expand background checks. Sponsored an assault weapons ban.

Ted Cruz (R)

Loosen. Opposed bipartisan gun safety bill, with expanded background checks; it would “keep guns from law-abiding owners.” Wants “more police officers” in schools. The Second Amendment “shall not be infringed.”

Health Care

Increase or decrease government support for healthcare? Support or oppose Obamacare?

Colin Allred (D)

Increase. Supported lowering drug prices for Medicare beneficiaries. Sponsored a bill directing $442 million to upgrade veterans’ healthcare facilities in Texas. Supports Obamacare, and in 2019 condemned repeal attempt.

Ted Cruz (R)

Decrease. People should “manage their own healthcare, not the bureaucracy.” Opposed a bill reducing drug prices. Would “revisit” the effort to replace Obamacare.

Immigration

How to handle immigration and the border? Support a path to citizenship for “DACA” participants brought to the US as children?

Colin Allred (D)

Supports a federal, bipartisan policy that “secures the border” and “modernizes our asylum system.” Supports Biden’s expanded border wall. Denounced open-borders policies. Sponsored a bill to secure the border and grant a phased pathway to legal status. “Border security does not mean being brutal.” Would protect DACA.

Ted Cruz (R)

Supports a wall, harsher asylum and visa standards, more border patrol agents. Calls Biden’s expanded border wall “window dressing.” Sponsored a bill to end benefits and increase fines and fees on migrants and build a wall. Sponsored a bill letting local law enforcement cooperate with DHS. Opposes DACA: “Obama’s executive amnesty was illegal.”

Labor

Make it easier or harder for unions to organize?

Colin Allred (D)

Easier. “It’s critical that we protect the right to organize.” Supported the PRO Act providing protections for workers trying to organize. Is endorsed by the Texas AFL-CIO.

Ted Cruz (R)

Mixed. Opposed USDA’s partnering with a farmworkers’ union in an agricultural pilot program. Supported increasing rail union workers’ number of paid sick days.

LGBT Rights

Limit or expand LGBTQ rights?

Colin Allred (D)

Expand. “LGBTQ+ Texans deserve a Senator who will listen to and fight for them.” Sponsored two bills guaranteeing federal civil rights protections for LGBTQ+ Americans and same-sex couples.

Ted Cruz (R)

Limit. Opposed a ban on discrimination against LGBTQ+ people. Opposed federal protection of same-sex marriage: each state should decide. Sponsored a bill banning trans athletes in women’s sports.

Marijuana

Ban or legal?

Colin Allred (D)

Legal. Praised Biden’s pardoning of federal offenses of marijuana possession. Voted to streamline research on marijuana and to decriminalize it nationally.

Ted Cruz (R)

No recent position found. In 2018: “Different states can resolve it differently. So in Texas…I would vote against legalizing it,” but Texans should “make that decision.”

Minimum Wage

Raise federal minimum from $7.25/hr?

Colin Allred (D)

Yes. “I’m running for Senate to fight for $15/hr.” In 2019 voted to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour.

Ted Cruz (R)

No. Opposed raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Wage increases mean that people lose jobs; “the most vulnerable” are hurt.

Student Financial Aid

Support lowering interest on student loans and/or forgiving them?

Colin Allred (D)

Yes. Supports reducing and forgiving loans. “Too many Texans are burdened by student loan debt.” Supports Biden’s SAVE plan to cut monthly repayments.

Ted Cruz (R)

No. “Biden’s decision to ‘cancel’ student loan debt is illegal.” People getting loans canceled are “slacker baristas.” Voted to repeal loan payment suspension.

Taxes

Should corporations and wealthier individuals pay less or more taxes?

Colin Allred (D)

More. Voted to require a 15% corporate minimum tax. Criticized the 2017 Trump tax bill for prioritizing “tax cuts to billionaires and corporations.” Supports a bill “to expand and extend the Child Tax Credit.”

Ted Cruz (R)

Less. Voted against requiring a 15% corporate minimum tax. Supported the 2017 Trump tax bill with the largest corporate tax cut in US history. “We should stop the weaponization of the tax code, abolish the IRS, and start over.”

Voting Rules

Make voting harder or easier?

Colin Allred (D)

Easier. Supports “making it easier” to vote. Opposes restricting “access to polling places.” Supports voting by mail and early voting. Voted to expand registration and voting access, and make states get federal preclearance for voting law changes.

Ted Cruz (R)

Harder. Opposed banning states from restricting voting access, saying it “strikes down virtually every voter integrity law” and allows “ballot harvesting.” Would require citizenship proof for mail-in voter registration. Opposed expanding voting access.

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