Cruz: 'Had Senate Republicans United,' Outcome Would Be 'Very Different'

By Eric Scheiner | October 16, 2013 | 3:36 PM EDT

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) (AP)

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is critical of Senate Republicans who support a deal that will end the partial government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling without delaying or defunding Obamacare.

“Had Senate Republicans united and supported House Republicans, the outcome of this, I believe, would have been very, very different,” Cruz told reporters in the Senate Wednesday afternoon. “I wish that had happened, but it did not.”

Cruz said that he would vote against the bipartisan bill, but would not use any delaying tactics to stall the legislation in the Senate.

An agreement announced by the Senate would end the partial shutdown, funding the government through January 15. It also raises the debt limit until February.

But Cruz says the fight over Obamacare will continue.

“We saw first of all, millions upon millions of Americans rise up all over this country, over two million people signing a national petition to defund Obamacare.”

“We saw the House of Representatives take a courageous stand listening to the American people that everyone in official Washington, just weeks earlier said, would never happen – that was a remarkable victory, to see the House engage in a profile in courage.”

“Unfortunately, the Senate chose not to follow the House.”

Last week, the House passed a series of short-term funding measures that did not include funding for the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, to the Senate. The majority of the measures were not brought up for a vote.

The current legislation ending the partial shutdown and raising the debt limit is expected to pass both the House and Senate Wednesday.

Eric Scheiner
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