BOOM: Cruz, ‘Government Shutdown Depends on Obama, Reid’

Published on September 29, 2013

GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: Suppose hypothetically that the U.S. Senate agreed with you and that today the vote went your way and they — ObamaCare is defunded, but the continuing resolution funds the government for 45 days. Do you have any problem with that sort of, like, limping along aspect of it? Because that’s the second part of this, is that — you know, is that we — that we have these ridiculous — that’s my view — you know, 45 days we’re going to fund the government and we’re back talking about it again, instead of a — you know, a real solid economic plan.

SEN. TED CRUZ: Well, you know, there are a couple of causes for that. I mean, one is that Congress for a long time hasn’t done its job, hasn’t passed the appropriation bills that we’re supposed to pass. And if we passed the appropriation bills, if we’d made the hard decisions about where to spend and where to cut, we wouldn’t have a continuing resolution at all. That only happens when Congress hasn’t appropriated, as we haven’t this year.

But — but secondly, if you look at government by crisis, it doesn’t have to happen. Senator Rob Portman, Republican from Ohio, has a bill that he’s introduced that would take continuing resolutions and take shutdowns off the table, would say, in the event that a continuing resolution doesn’t pass, you don’t have a shutdown. You simply continue, and gradually, government funding goes down, but it doesn’t just go off a cliff.

Now, the Democrats don’t want to pass that. Why? Because they want government by crisis. Likewise, the House in the continuing resolution they just passed had a provision called the full faith and credit law, and what I like to call it is the default prevention act, which says if the debt ceiling isn’t raised, the United States will never, ever, ever default on its debt. It’s a great common sense provision.

The Democrats just voted to strip it out. The Democrats stood together, and what they said — it’s interesting, Harry Reid now ridicules that provision as the, quote, “pay China first law.”

And so the Democrats are now all on record saying they affirmatively want to use the risk of a default to scare the American people and they affirmatively want to use the risk of a government shutdown to scare the American people. I think that’s irresponsible. I think we ought to do our jobs.

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