Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) lamented the rise of political brinksmanship in Congress on Monday afternoon after failing to slow or change the Senate debate on a spending measure.
Making good on his promise to use whatever Senate procedural tactics necessary to slow debate over a spending measure, Cruz attempted to have the House-passed spending measure unanimously approved by the Senate and to ensure that all amendments to the Senate spending bill be passed with at least 60 votes.
On both requests, Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) objected.
With that, Cruz lamented that “There is a tendency in this town towards brinksmanship, towards pointing to events that can cause instability and uncertainty and using them to try to get your way."
"I wish the majority leader had been willing to step forward and say, ‘I agree, No. 1, that the government should be funded. We should not have a government shutdown. And No. 2, that we should never, ever, ever even discuss a default on the debt," Cruz added. "Had the majority leader simply said, ‘I consent,’ a default on the debt would have been taken permanently off the table.”
Later, speaking of Republicans, Cruz said that "It is our obligation to our constituents to do everything we can to prevent [Reid] from funding Obamacare."
Cruz promised last week to use "any procedural means necessary" to defund the health-care law, commonly known as Obamacare. Those comments came shortly after he publicly lamented that there was little he could do to defund the law in the Democratic-controlled Senate.