After the GOP-led House of Representatives on Tuesday voted to increase the nation’s debt ceiling with no strings attached, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) vowed to seek out a 60-vote threshold when the Senate votes on the measure.
When the debt ceiling bill, passed in the House with the help of 28 Republicans, reaches the Senate on Wednesday, Cruz plans to object to the simple majority vote, the Texas senator’s office confirmed. This could very well mean a Cruz filibuster.
Here’s where his plan will certainly anger some of his Republican colleagues.
The 60-vote threshold will force some Republicans to either side with Democrats to increase the debt ceiling, or go back to the drawing board and push for meaningful spending cuts.
Hours before the House vote on Tuesday, House Speaker John Boehner admitted defeat on the debt ceiling. He voted in favor of the no-strings-attached increase.
“We’ll let his party give him the debt ceiling increase that he wants,” he said.
In a statement, Cruz argued Washington is “not listening to the American people.”
“Under President Obama, our national debt has increased from $10 trillion to $17 trillion, and now the President is asking for yet another blank check to keep increasing our debt without doing anything to reform Washington’s spending problem,” he said. “This is wrong, and it’s irresponsible. Our parents didn’t do this to us, and we shouldn’t do it to our kids and grandkids.”
He went on to say the debt ceiling has historically been the “most effective leverage” for cutting spending. In fact, he explained, “28 times, Congress has attached meaningful conditions to debt ceiling increases.”
“We should do so again to address the real problem,” Cruz added. “I intend to object to any effort to raise the debt ceiling on a 50-vote threshold. I will insist instead on a 60-vote threshold, and if Republicans stand together we can demand meaningful spending restraint to help pull our nation back from the fiscal and economic cliff.”
This undoubtedly sets up yet another Cruz-led showdown in the Senate — and he’s made it crystal clear he’s not in Washington to make friends.
Cruz appeared on TheBlaze TV’s “Real News” on Tuesday to discuss other topics, including energy independence and on the “lawless” actions taken by the Obama administration relating to Obamacare.
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