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."
“We wouldn’t be having this conversation if not for Cruz.”
Exactly. Cruz wasted our time. But hey, at least he got a lot of face time on TV and won a straw poll. /s
And yet ANOTHER person sees RightwardHo as the troll he is. Waiting for the moderators to catch up
Amen Laz, just went back and read every post he has put in forum, HE IS A TROLL
Cruz is exactly where Churchill was in 1934, in the wilderness even within his own party.
But Churchill prevailed in the end, because he had the truth on his side...Just as Cruz will ultimately prevail. So long as he sticks to his guns. This is a long war, folks.
I defy these people to name a single other senator who has spoken on our behalf more.
I took your post and substituted “RIghtwardHo” where it said “Cruz”.
Now it makes sense.
A communist mole?
Please, tell us all you’ve done for conservatism.
He'll be there for at least 5 more years, and there isn't anything you can do about it.
He’s a lot more useful than you are. Of course, the fact that you’re a liberal, pretty much makes you useless to anybody, including yourself.
My question is, when is FR going to finally give you the boot, you so richly deserve. I hope I’m around to see it.
And it will be even longer if we’re shooting our own generals in the back.How do these trolls not get picked up?
Amen Laz, just went back and read every post he has put in forum, HE IS A TROLL”
I found a picture of RightwardHo :
The Senate, including Ted Cruz, has acquiesced in an internal coup.
There's no way to sugar coat it.
0bama is now a tyrant and a dictator. The only way to challenge him directly is to force him to violate his constitutional oath to guarantee the full faith and credit of the US and default.
He can then be impeached.
We need a congress with the guts to go the mat with this thug and make sure that he understands the implications.
He’s probably more of a John Hoeven fan.
Counting Cruz out is playing checkers. He’s playing chess.
and that’s what’s necessary with the media, BO, the senate and the majority of republicans against the logical Constitutional adherents.
Patience with the good Senator Cruz.
Anyway, if he IS running for Prez, it’s not for the perks.
“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
When people finally see the Cluster-you-know-what that ObamaCare is, they will remember the Cruz was the only one with the guts to fight it.
Folks, please thank them.....you know the negative ninnies are out full force....
Let them hear from positive people who love them!!!!!
This type of ad hominem attack betrays your underlying leftism. Ted Cruz is a true American Patriot. Your scurrilous characterization reveals that you're firmly in the enemy camp and don't belong with the Conservatives steadfastly fighting for God and country here on Free Republic. It's my hope that the powers that be will banish you and those of like mind from this site.
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