Cruz Rejects Calls To Shut Down Government Over Immigration

August 31, 2014 3:56 p.m.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Saturday dismissed the idea that Republicans may lead the federal government to the brink of a shutdown if President Obama signs an executive order on immigration.

“There is one person and one person only talking about shutting down the government, and that is the White House,” Cruz told the Washington Post after he spoke at the Americans For Prosperity’s Defending The American Dream Summit in Dallas.

While Cruz is denying any such plans, multiple of his Republican colleagues have suggested that they may link an immigration measure to a continuing resolution to fund the government of Obama uses his executive power to delay the deportations of undocumented immigrants.

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) last week said that “all bets are off” if Obama signs an executive order.

And both Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) have suggested the GOP may link an immigration measure to a bill to fund the government if Obama acts on his own.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said last week said that threats of a shutdown won’t keep Obama from taking action.

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