"It will poison the atmosphere of the Senate," Cruz said in an interview with Bloomberg Television's "Political Capital with Al Hunt," a transcript of which was posted online Friday afternoon.
Cruz compared the move by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to President Obama's messaging on the Affordable Care Act.
"It's yet another abuse of power by the Democrats. And, frankly, it's continuing the same pattern we've seen with Obamacare," Cruz said. "Harry Reid has said over and over again this year that he was not going to break the Senate rules to change them, and he just broke his word."