Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who made headlines nationwide this week for his long-winded filibuster-like address in the Senate, has told other senators that he doesn’t want a vote on a stopgap spending bill until Friday.
By STEVE KRASKE
The Kansas City Star
That could severely damage prospects of avoiding a government shutdown.
Cruz has the authority because the Senate cannot vote on Thursday without a unanimous consent agreement.
The Texan reportedly has told supporters to expect a decisive procedure vote on Friday, and he wants to stick to that.
Other senators are besides themselves.
“Each day we don’t complete the CR (continuing resolution to fund the government) is a day closer to a shut down,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said on the floor. “We have to avoid this shutdown. The American people are afraid of what could happen.”