Cruz: ‘I Don’t Trust the Republicans’ on the Debt Ceiling

by Andrew Johnson

Senator Ted Cruz spoke out against his own party on the Senate floor this afternoon as John McCain urged Republicans to move forward in naming a budget conference committee to reconcile differences with the House’s budget. Cruz worried that the negotiations would lead to raising the debt ceiling, which Democrats support.

“The senior senator from Arizona urged this body to trust the Republicans,” the Texas senator said. “Let me be clear: I don’t trust the Republicans, and I don’t trust the Democrats.”

He warned of the risks if Senate Republicans vote to go to a conference committee without requiring more than a 50-vote threshold to raise the debt ceiling. “If we go to conference without the debt ceiling being taken off the plate, it is 100 percent certainty that the debt ceiling will be raised,” he said.

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