Ted Cruz Is Considering An Idea That Could Lead To A Shutdown Showdown

Yahoo — Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Tuesday suggested Republicans include a provision that would effectively deport some young undocumented immigrants i n a crucial spending measure. Cruz’s comments raise the possibility of another government shutdown. The continuing resolution Cruz would pair with controversial immigration legislation needs to be passed by Sept. 30 if Congress wants to avoid a budget crisis for a second-consecutive year. Cruz described the shutdown threat as vital to confronting undocumented immigration. “I think we should use any and all means necessary to prevent the president from illegally granting amnesty. Certainly I think it would be appropriate to include in the [continuing resolution], but I think we should use every tool at our disposal,” Cruz told reporters Tuesday, according to The Hill. Asked about Cruz’s comments, a senior Senate Democratic aide told Business Insider that Cruz would, in effect, force a shutdown if he insisted on including a divisive immigration provision in the must-pass continuing resolution. “If he’s insisting on attaching the DACA language to the CR, then he’s setting us up for a Ted Cruz-Sponsored Government Shutdown 2.0,” the aide told Business Insider, referring to the president’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. [Read More]