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Cruz’s Internet Crusade Gains Steam in U.S. Funding Debate

  • Senator warns freedom at stake if U.S. doesn’t oversee the web
  • Republicans want internet provision included in spending bill
Senator Ted Cruz speaks on April 28, 2016, in South Bend, Indiana.

Senator Ted Cruz speaks on April 28, 2016, in South Bend, Indiana.

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Another year, another standoff over a possible government shutdown, and Ted Cruz is back in the center of the action -- this time over who controls internet domain names.

The Texas Republican senator’s latest crusade is to block an Obama administration plan to give up U.S. oversight of domain names to international supervision, warning in a Senate subcommittee hearing Wednesday that could be a threat to freedom. He warned against giving power to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, a private non-profit group based in Los Angeles.