"Today's vote is yet another example that establishment politicians from both parties are simply not listening to the American people," Cruz said in a statement on his official website. "Outside the beltway, Americans of all political stripes understand that we cannot keep spending money we don't have."
"There are too many members of Congress who think they can fool people and they will forget about it the next week," Cruz said. "But sometimes, come November, the people remember."
Republican Party leaders preferred to keep the focus of Wednesday's Senate votes on the restoration of full military pension benefits to veterans, which had been cut with the approval of President Barack Obama.
"I am pleased the Senate approved the legislation which restores the full annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) to all current military retirees, said U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Kentucky senator who leads the GOP in the Senate. "Our country’s service members volunteered to serve their nation and they are entitled to the benefits they were promised.”
On Tuesday, Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, threw up his hands and surrendered, agreeing to allow the debt limit to increase without conditions.
Most House Republicans did not go along with Boehner on the House vote, but enough Republicans crossed party lines with Boehner to assure passage of the debt limit increase, paving the way for Wednesday’s action in the Senate.