Ted Cruz encouraged his Senate colleagues to pass a continuing resolution that would fully fund the federal government’s intelligence-gathering community, which director James Clapper said was at risk amid the shutdown. The Texas senator called on Senate majority leader Harry Reid and President Obama to help pass and sign it into law similar to ensuring funding for payment for those serving in the military.
“If the Senate cooperates, we could get this passed by the end of the day,” Cruz said at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday morning. “I hope that 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 the intelligence community.”
During the hearing, Clapper told the committee that 70 percent of the intelligence-services workforce had been furloughed because of the shutdown.