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article imageSenator Cruz on debt deal: 'Senate Republicans declined to unify'

By Michael Krebs     Oct 20, 2013 in Politics
In comments made on Saturday to the Texas Medical Association, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) framed the Republican compromise on the government shutdown as a result of GOP infighting.
Outspoken Tea Party favorite and potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) squared his criticism on fellow Senate Republicans with regard to the last-minute compromise on the debt ceiling and the partial federal government shutdown that was hammered out among GOP legislators.
“I am hopeful that in the future the Senate will listen,” Cruz told a receptive Texas Medical Association audience on Saturday, the Associated Press reported.
The partial federal government shutdown was set in motion when House Republicans opted for legislative language in the federal budget that would have defunded key portions of the Affordable Care Act. President Obama and Congressional Democrats could not find common ground with the House-led GOP posture, and the deadline for the upcoming federal fiscal year was missed, inducing the shutdown.
The 21-hour symbolic filibuster put on by Senator Cruz in the last hours of the budget debate demonstrated his alignment with House Republican objectives and further set the course for the partial shutdown.
The shutdown dragged on for more than two weeks, with a looming deadline on the nation's debt ceiling extension turning the screws. As pressure began to mount on all sides for compromise among both political parties, ultimately a "lousy deal," as Senator Cruz sees it, was struck.
“You don’t win a fight when your own team is firing cannons at the people who are standing up and leading, which are the House Republicans,” Cruz said. “That’s what happened, and that’s what led directly to this lousy deal, is when Senate Republicans declined to unify and declined to support House Republicans.”
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