Ted Cruz: Harry Reid Engaging In Brinkmanship Over Budget, Debt

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) believes Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is the one engaging in brinkmanship over the budget and debt limit, and he staged a series of procedural motions Monday that involve defunding Obamacare in order to say so.

After Reid objected to Cruz’s request for unanimous consent to pass a House GOP continuing resolution that funds the government but also defunds Obamacare on the Senate floor, the junior senator from Texas cast the majority leader as the one threatening to take the country over the edge.

“I wish the majority leader had agreed to my request to take a government shutdown off the table by passing the House continuing resolution,” Cruz said. “If we listen to the American people, we will, number two, take any default on the debt off the table. I wish the majority leader had not objected to doing so right now.”

“I wish the majority leader had not said he intends to continue to use the threat of a default to engage in brinkmanship to try to force it on the American people — to try to force Bbamacare on the American people,” he added.

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