Senator Bob Corker is the most recent Republican Senator to lash out at Sen. Ted Cruz for delaying a cloture vote earlier in the week. In a rare public exchange of Republican v. Republican lawmakers, Corker accused Cruz of delaying a Thursday vote simply to create a “show” to cater to his conservative activist supporters at the expense of making good policy.
“You want the American people and the outside groups that you’ve been in contact with to be able to watch us tomorrow,” an angry Corker asserted on the Senate floor Thursday. “The reason we’re waiting is that y’all have sent out releases and emails and you want everybody to be able to watch. And it just doesn’t seem to me that that’s in our nation’s interest.”
Senator Cruz didn't allow the assertions from his colleague go unchallenged.
“Why is Majority Leader Harry Reid going to vote the same way you’re proposing to vote? Why is every Democrat in this chamber going to vote the way you’re proposing to vote,” said Cruz. “When we told our constituents we oppose Obamacare, we meant it. So we are not going to be complicit in giving Harry Reid the ability to fund Obamacare.”
After his marathon floor speech this week, Cruz and Lee voted to bring the measure forward for a debate. Corker, along with Reid, lampooned that vote on Thursday.
Corker added, “I don’t think we’ve ever had in the Senate where we had a 21-hour filibuster and then the person carrying out the filibuster voted for the issue they were filibustering.”
Both houses of Congress need to pass a bill that keeps the government funded beyond the Sept.30 deadline or the federal government will shut down. Additionally, Congress must raise the nation's debt limit by Oct. 17 or the country will risk default.