Schumer to Cruz: ‘You Are Not Going to Take as Hostage Millions of Innocent Americans’ And Pass Small CRs

by Katrina Trinko

Senator Chuck Schumer, a top Democrat, joined Senate majority leader Harry Reid today in attacking Senator Ted Cruz’s proposal that Congress pass smaller continuing resolutions to avert some of the worst effects of a government shutdown.

Addressing Cruz, Schumer said, “Face it, you are not going to get us to give in to extortion.”

“You are not going to take as hostage millions of innocent Americans,” he added, “and succeed in getting us to do something you want but we don’t and they don’t.”

Cruz said yesterday that just as the House and Senate had passed a bill that protected the military’s funding during any shutdown, so, too, should Congress consider passing bills to fund park services and border-patrol agents.