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Thursday, October 20, 2016

After Voting For Government Shutdown, Ted Cruz Warns It Could Lead To A Terrorist Attack

Ted Cruz

During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the Foreign Surveillance Intelligence Act Wednesday, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) asked his colleagues to pass a separate resolution that would fund the Department of Defense during the government shutdown.

Director of National Security James Clapper told the committee that the government shutdown resulted in “the suspension of 70 percent of the intelligence community’s civilian workforce.”

Cruz responded, “I don’t believe President Obama should be playing politics with this. He shouldn’t be refusing to negotiate or compromise.”

Even though Senator Cruz has been the lead Republican in Congress persuading his colleagues to vote down any budget proposal that includes funding for the Affordable Care Act — regardless of the consequences for national security, or anything else affected by a government shutdown — he fears these actions may result in an attack on U.S. soil.

He said in Wednesday’s hearing, “If the Senate cooperates, we could get this passed by the end of the day. We could respond to the national security threat these two gentlemens [sic] have laid out. The only impediment to doing so is the prospect that Majority Leader Harry Reid would object to doing so.

“If, God forbid, we see an attack on the United States because the intelligence community was not adequately funded, every member of the committee would be horrified,” he continued. “So I hope issues of partisan politics can be set aside and we can all come together and pass, right now by the end of the day, a continuing resolution to fully fund the Department of Defense and intelligence community.”

Determined to defund the president’s signature health care law, Cruz, along with House Republicans, have refused to pass a budget. The White House has said the president will veto any piecemeal approach to funding certain entities of the government, insisting that a clean continuing resolution that includes full government funding is the only way out of the shutdown.

Watch Cruz’s remarks here:

H/T: Think Progress

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  • Sand_Cat

    Once again: what an ASS!

    • Independent1

      And there are people that are brainless enough to support this clown??

  • Lynda Groom

    Right now the terrorist that concerns me the most is….Rafael Cruz.

  • JD Mulvey

    Cruz and Clapper? Neither one of them could tell the truth if their lives depended on it.

  • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh

    I move we expel Ted Cruz from the Senate based on the fact that his father is a citizen of Cuba, therefore he must be one, too. This is based on exactly the same logic that Republicans use concerning President Obama.

  • John Kruger

    How the hell can this guy have the guts to complain about compromise? What exactly were the concessions they offered to Democrats besides keeping the government open (how generous)? Nothing. Not one.

    The hostages could go free if only they would give in to the demands, huh? I have never had more contempt for a US government official in my life. He belongs in jail, not the senate.

  • bckrd1

    “Cruz responded, “I don’t believe President Obama should be playing politics with this. He shouldn’t be refusing to negotiate or compromise.”

    Perhaps Ted should take his own advise.

  • bckrd1

    If anyone dies because of this shut down, the GOP should be charged with murder. This stunt is preventing people from getting medical aid and treatments, it has weakened national security, FDA food inspections, FAA inspections, etc.
    They can not be allowed to distance themselves from the consequences of their actions.