According to Senator Ted Cruz, He plans to vote ‘reluctantly’ for the new spending Bill.
Senator Rand Paul is currently blocking the new spending Bill and could hold true after the deadline of the agreement, which could lead to a shutdown. In contrast to Rand, Sen. Cruz says that the Bill has a few ‘big wins’ and he plans to vote on the Bill. Here is what you need to know.
As tonight’s midnight deadline to avoid a government shutdown looms, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has said that he will “reluctantly vote” for the spending bill, despite concerns he shares with Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) over the bill’s failure to address the deficit.
As RedState reported earlier, Paul is blocking the vote on the bill and will be able to hold up the vote until after the deadline. Cruz acknowledged these issues, noting that the bill “unnecessarily balloons the deficit.” Still, Cruz said the bill also contained “major victories,” including “hurricane relief and restoring vital defense spending.”
“Washington logrolling sometimes forces lousy choices,” said Cruz.
Cruz’s full statement:
After much consideration, I will reluctantly vote for this legislation. This bill contains major victories; if hurricane relief and restoring vital defense spending were the only elements of this bill, I would be supporting it energetically and enthusiastically. Unfortunately—in addition to funding those critical priorities—this bill also unnecessarily balloons the deficit.
Since Hurricane Harvey’s landfall in August, I have worked tirelessly with Senator Cornyn, Governor Abbott, the Texas congressional delegation, and dozens of local mayors, county judges, and police and fire chiefs up and down the coast to identify and meet the needs of impacted Texans, who in many cases lost everything. Today, we follow through on our promise to give Texans the next significant package of emergency assistance we need to recover and come back stronger than ever.