Sen. Ted Cruz in Houston to deliver State of Senate speech

HOUSTON – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz delivered the State of the Senate speech Tuesday afternoon at the Greater Houston Partnership's annual luncheon.

Before covering a wide range of topics, Cruz asked for a moment of silence for Deputy Darren Goforth, the Harris County sheriff's deputy who was fatally shot over the weekend.

Law enforcement is "finding themselves under assault right now at unprecedented levels," Cruz said.

Cruz also discussed the Iran nuclear deal and Planned Parenthood funding.

"Under no circumstances should the federal government fund what appears to be an ongoing criminal enterprise," Cruz said.

In 2012, Cruz was elected the 34th U.S. Senator from Texas.

Cruz is one of several Republicans seeking nomination for the 2016 presidential campaign.

The partnership's State of the Senate is an annual event. The event was held at the Omni Hotel.