U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) released the following statement on the Senate’s refusal to take up House-passed continuing resolutions:
“This morning, disability payments for wounded veterans would be fully funded if not for Harry Reid.
“This morning, our National Guard and reservists would be fully funded if not for Harry Reid.
“This morning, our national parks and war memorials would be open and fully funded if not for Harry Reid.
“This morning, the National Institutes of Health would be fully funded if not for Harry Reid.
“Harry Reid and President Obama should stop playing partisan games; they believe that the shutdown benefits them politically, and so they are cynically trying to make it as painful as possible for the American people.
“None of these limited CRs implicates or even mentions Obamacare; Harry Reid and President Obama shouldn’t be holding veterans hostage simply to force Obamacare on the American people.
“The House of Representatives has passed bipartisan funding for all these government functions; Senate Republicans are united in support of these vital funding bills. It is only because Harry Reid and Senate Democrats continue to object that these are not today on the President’s desk.”