Skip to comments.Sens. Cruz, Lee say they won't block deal
Posted on 10/16/2013 9:58:14 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
Sens. Cruz, Lee say they won't block deal By Mike Lillis - 10/16/13 12:38 PM ET
Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee said Wednesday that they won't try to block the bipartisan deal to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling.
"The timing of the vote will make no difference to the outcome," Cruz (R-Texas) said. "I have no intention of delaying the vote."
Cruz and Lee (R-Utah) had spearheaded the campaign to attach ObamaCare language to any new budget bills, and had pushed their colleagues to take a hard-line stance.
But the pair emerged from a meeting of Senate Republicans Wednesday afternoon to say they would let the agreement which contains only one provision on ObamaCare move forward.
"Some of us want to see it first we still don't have text," Lee said. "But provided we get the text and have time t review it and everything, I suspect we'll collapse the time."
There has been speculation that the bipartisan deal might originate in the House, thereby eliminating some procedural hurdles when the bill moved to the Senate. But with Cruz and Lee withdrawing their filibuster threats, several GOP senators said the upper chamber will likely act first on the agreement.
The deal reached by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) would fund the government through Jan. 15 and raise the debt-ceiling until February. It would require income verification for subsidies under ObamaCare, but otherwise leave the helathcare law untouched.
The weeks-long fight over ObamaCare has left the GOP sharply divided and licking its wounds, after centrist Republicans warned for weeks that the battle was futile and damaging to the party.
Several Republicans left the meeting Wednesday grumbling that the conservatives in their ranks had prolonged the impasse even as Republicans were sinking in the polls.
"We left a lot on the table because we couldn't get our act together, but this is the best Mitch could do," said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who will vote for the deal. "We need to stop the bleeding, lessen the damage to the party."
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) echoed that message.
"I hope it is another 15 years at least before we have to go through this exercise again," McCain said. "We're in a hole, we have to dig out and come up with a positive agenda."
If that was your goal, then yeah, I guess you won. Congrats.
FULG and FUGOPe. McConnell's "best" isn't good enough. Primary his ass out.
Cruz/Lee did an outstanding job. Alone in the wilderness they held firm in what they believed in until there was no reason not to. They pulled a large portion of the nation to our side, whether anyone on here wants to see that or not. They did not bow to the media powerbrokers. They also presented themselves in an ethical and professional manner throughout the entire crisis. No other republican in the senate or single democrat can state they did the same. In fact, most of the rino senators and all the dems did exactly the opposite - blackmailed by the media, unethical behavior including gossip/lies, no regard for the desires of the citizenry, etc.
Revolutions come in various forms, as we have recently been reminded of throughout the middle east. My prayer is for a peaceful revolution and transition to a constitutional government. For too long the people of America have been controlled by a tyrannical oligarchy bordering on fascism. We have been lied to, spied on, our material wealth stolen without cause. And the freedoms granted to us by our Creator are in the process of being crushed into the ground. A peaceful revolution, one that brings us a freedom based constitutional government must be our first cause. Do not be distracted by small fires around the perimeter. Stay focused on the core issue at hand - the founding of a freedom based constitutionally sound and minimal government.
Since Jun 5, 2011
Republicans had both Houses of Congress as well as the presidency not too long ago. How did that work out?
Huh? He’s the only one leading. He’s just one man, and this was just the opening act. He’s one of the most talented lawyers in the nation, and this was his opening statement. Where do you turn now since you’ve dismissed Cruz? Who’s doing more?
I week ago I might have argued with you about that. Now I'm sure that you're right.
“The French could take lessons on how to surrender from the GOP.”
We knew this was over before it even started.
Anyone who didn’t know that, hasn’t been paying attention to what the media has been doing for the last 12 years.
IS THIS ENOUGH OF A WAKE-UP CALL, yet?
Bitch him to the moderators.... I just did.
What makes you think the GOPe will put up any more of a fight then they are doing now?
Do you really think that somehow things will go better in early 2014?
But if you prefer your silver linings, don't let me get in the way of your enjoyment. Sure, retreat now. Fight another day.
That's such an easy refrain, and I sure have heard alot of it.
And who do you think is going to impeach him? Members of his own party? The quisling Republicans? If we can’t even hold the line on defunding Obamacare, how are are we going to impeach Obama?
Obama said something the other day that on the surface appears completely delusional and narcissistic (as is typical), but put it together with the reasonable suspicion that the exchange rollout was designed to fail, and... let's just say that there's no ceiling on the obama admin's craft, deceit, and evil.
"My suspicion is what is going to happen is when it's working and everybody is really happy with it, Republicans are going to stop calling it 'Obamacare,'" the president said Tuesday in an interview with New York's WABC TV station.
This is a manipulator who "won" despite the dud/dead campaign rallies, the altered-state zone-out in the debates, and four years of outright lies including the producing of a brazenly fraudulent BC.
Now I sure don't believe that the Obamanationcare will ever "work", unless of course "work" is defined as a grand Gotcha! that is designed to engulf and enslave the American People, leaving only a small remnant.
The "Health Insurance Marketplace" is so dysfunctional, that at whatever point it appears to spit out rate comparisons and policies, it will seem as if "It's a Miracle!" (Never mind that these policies won't translate into actual health care... but for a time a game can be rigged.)
Is is possible to be too cynical WRT the malevolence of these folks? I don't think so.
They overstepped. Simple. Point?
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