Cruz's clout wanes in the House

“I think his presidential candidacy, obviously, takes him a step or two away from being involved with the House as much as he was before,” said Rep. Chris Stewart, a Republican from Utah. “And I think the second thing is there’s a number of people who say it’s time for us to, as best we can under very difficult circumstances, unite and come together, and I think Sen. Cruz is not very helpful in that.”…

“He’s a good friend and he’s a very strong conservative. I think his influence was always exaggerated. We just happen to agree with him on a lot of things. I’ve had no discussions with him about the budget this time,” said Rep. John Fleming, a Republican from Louisiana and member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus…

Efforts to defund Planned Parenthood or halt Obama’s immigration orders have no chance of success in the Senate, they argue, because the Senate’s filibuster rule forces 60 votes to pass controversial legislation. With Democrats controlling 46 seats in the upper chamber, Cruz’s proposals simply aren’t feasible, they say.  

“There are so many things I agree with Ted Cruz on but his failure — his habit of speaking as if the filibuster does not exist is disingenuous and it speaks of duplicity on his part,” said Rep. Trent Franks (R), an outspoken conservative from Arizona.