Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) says he will not hold up the deal cut by Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to raise the debt limit through Feb. 7 and end the 16-day-old government shutdown.
Cruz said “delaying this vote would not accomplish anything,” though he made clear he would oppose the deal.
Cruz, the leading proponent of the effort to use the fiscal crisis to defund the federal health-care law, told reporters he rejected the idea that Republicans have gotten nothing from the weeks long fight.
"I think we have seen a remarkable thing happen. Months ago, when the effort to defund Obamacare began, official Washington scoffed," he said. "They scoffed that the American people would rise up. They scoffed that the House of Representatives would do anything. They scoffed that the Senate would do anything. We saw millions upon millions of people rise up across this country.
"We saw the House of Representatives take a courageous stand, listening to the America people. Everyone in official Washington had said would never happen. That was a remarkable victory, to see the House engage in a profile in courage."
But he said division in the Senate doomed the House's effort. "Had Senate Republicans united and supported House Republicans, the outcome of this, I believe, would have been very, very different."
And for what it’s all worth, now that Cruz and his allies are going to assure smooth sailing, a vote on the deal will almost certainly begin in the Senate, then go to the House.
All vote times are TBD. We’ll advise as things develop.