GOP Sen. Richard Burr: Cruz’s filibuster strategy ‘the height of hypocrisy’

September 27, 2013
Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension (HELP) Committee, joins Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., right, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 4, 2013, following a Republican strategy session. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) had some tough words for his GOP colleagues who voted against bringing the budget to a vote in the Senate today.

Nineteen of 46 Senate Republicans wound up voting against cloture -- a strategy led by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to prevent Democrats from restoring Obamacare funding to the bill. They eventually did, and the bill passed on a party-line vote.

Burr, of course, has used blunt language on this topic before. Two months ago, he called risking a government shutdown over defunding Obamacare the "dumbest idea I've ever heard."

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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