Texas Senator Ted Cruz is back in the Lone Star State this week as Congress continues its spring recess. On Monday, Senator Cruz paid a visit to the brand new Daikin Texas Technology Park in Waller. The $417 million facility for manufacturing air conditioning and ventilation systems is the largest of its kind, sitting on more than 4 million square feet covering some 500 acres. As Cruz jokingly noted in his speech to Daikin employees and executives, "Being a native Houstonian, there is nothing more wonderful than air conditioning."
But beyond the sheer size and scope of the plant, Cruz touted what he believes is the most important aspect--the estimated 5,000 new jobs created. "Texas is real simple, we care about jobs," he told the audience. "And that is uniform whether you're in East Texas, West Texas, in the Panhandle or the Valley, the number one priority in Texas is jobs, and what y'all are doing makes a real difference." The Daikin plant is set to hold its grand opening next month.
Following his speech, Sen. Cruz also spoke to reporters about the ongoing international tensions between the U.S. and North Korea. Specifically, new threats from North Korea to continue launching missile tests. "It remains a very dangerous circumstance," said Cruz. "I'm glad to see the administration moving forward with putting anti-ballistic THAAD technology in South Korea to try to take out a missile launch, and we need to be prepared."