Cruz: ‘Reid Affirmatively Wants a Shutdown’

Senator Ted Cruz, one of the key figures in the efforts to tie an anti-Obamacare initiative to the continuing resolution, said today that he thinks Senate majority leader Harry Reid wants a government shutdown.

“Harry Reid affirmatively wants a government shutdown,” Cruz told CNN in an interview tonight. “I think that’s unfortunate.”

“We’re seeing right now the House is compromising a third time . . . and Harry Reid has said, ‘whatever you do, I won’t talk to you, I won’t compromise, my absolutest position is if every bit of Obamacare isn’t funded, I’m shutting the federal government down.’”

Cruz also said he didn’t want to see a government shutdown. 

Katrina Trinko — Katrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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