GOP Senator to Van Jones: ‘We’re Going to Pass a Clean Debt Ceiling Increase’ With or Without Ted Cruz’s Support

Appearing on CNN’s “Crossfire” on Tuesday, Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) said his colleague Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is “wrong” if he decides to filibuster the “clean” debt ceiling increase in the Senate on Wednesday.

After a gleeful Van Jones gloated about President Barack Obama’s “big win” on the debt ceiling, he pressed Sen. Heller on whether he would support Cruz in his fight to include some spending reforms as a condition to raise the debt ceiling.

As TheBlaze reported on Tuesday, Cruz announced he would seek out a 60-vote threshold on the debt ceiling vote in the Senate, hinting at a possible filibuster. The news came after the GOP-led house voted in favor of a debt ceiling increase with no strings attached.

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 14: U.S. Sen. Dean Heller (R-NH) speaks to members of the media on unemployment insurance on January 14, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The Senate has defeated two votes to renew the unemployment insurance benefits that was expired in December, 2013. Alex Wong/Getty Images

“Do you think Ted Cruz is right to filibuster, are you with him or not?” Jones asked.

“I don’t think it’s right,” he said. “At the end of the day, we’re going to pass a clean debt ceiling increase with Ted’s or without Ted’s support, with my support or without my support. But at the end of the day, there’s going to be a debt ceiling increase and it’s going to be clean.”

Earlier in the segment, Heller quipped that he didn’t know Cruz planned to filibuster but he “wouldn’t be surprised.”

Watch the segment via CNN: