Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) responded to confusion over remarks he made during a speech on the Senate floor Monday afternoon in support of the latest House bill to fund the government and delay Obamacare for one year in a press release issued early this evening.
"Some observers have mistakenly construed my comments on the Senate floor today as endorsing specific proposals that the House may be considering. I said nothing of the sort. Instead, I observed that it is the House that is working productively to keep the government running and, at the same time, to stop the enormous harms that Obamacare is visiting on the American people," Cruz said in the press release.
Cruz praised the House of Representatives for its attempt to compromise during his speech today, and also criticized Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) for refusing to negotiate with Republicans.
"If the House of Representatives asks tonight I believe this Senate should come back immediately and pass the continuing resolution the House, whatever the House passes," Cruz said. "I don't know what it will be, but it will be yet another good faith effort to keep the government running and to address the trainwreck of a law that is Obamacare. And I very much hope that this body begins to listen to the people."
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) then asked Cruz, "My question to the Senator is, if he can't get everything he wants, if he can't defund Obamacare, which is exactly what he and I both agree on, and millions of people across America want us to get rid of ObamaCare, if the Senator can't, if he stands today and argues and cannot get rid of it, will he accept a compromise?"
Cruz' reply indicated he was not willing to back down from his position and would not accept any compromise that funds President Obama's signature health care legislation.
"The Senator's question was would I vote for something less than defunding Obamacare. Personally, no. Why? Because I have committed publicly over and over to the American people that I will not vote for a continuing resolution that funds one penny of Obamacare," Cruz said in response to Paul's question.