U.S. Rep Boehner and Senator Cruz Excoriate Reid and Senate Democrats For “Absolutist Positions” and “Breathtaking Arrogance”

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This morning, House Speaker John Boehner lambasted Reid and his Democrat minions in the Senate, calling them “breathtakingly arrogant” for refusing to work on Sunday to negotiate a compromise on the budget.

On Meet the Press, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tx) clarified that the fault of a government shutdown will lie solely with Harry Reid and the Democratic Senators.  Harry Reid’s offensive demand that House Republicans pass his Continuing Resolution or “go jump in a lake” has Congress at an impasse over the budget.

According to The Daily Caller,

Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz took aim at Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Sunday, telling host David Gregory of “Meet The Press” that Reid was unwilling to even discuss a compromise to prevent a government shutdown.

“Let’s be clear what the Senate has done,” Cruz said. “So far, Majority Leader Harry Reid has essentially told the House of Representatives and the American people, ‘Go jump in a lake.’ He said, ‘I’m not willing to compromise. I’m not willing to even talk.’ His position is 100 percent of Obamacare must be funded in all instances, and, other than that, he’s going to shut the government down. Now, David, I hope he doesn’t do that. If Harry Reid forces a government shutdown, that will be a mistake. I hope he backs away from that ledge that he’s pushing us towards. But that is his position.”

Cruz emphasized he didn’t want a government shutdown, pointing out it was House Republicans looking to protect vital parts of government, including military pay.

“I don’t want a government shutdown,” he said. “I don’t think Harry Reid should shut down the government. Let me make one point. The House of Representatives did something else terrific last night, which is they passed a bill to make clear that, regardless of what happens, the men and women of our military should be paid. And Harry Reid, I believe, should bring that up. That passed unanimously in the House. And listen, right now, Harry Reid and President Obama have been essentially holding the military hostage, threatening their paychecks over this potential shutdown. They might force — I think regardless of what happened, we should pass the bill.”

Gregory asked Cruz if he thought a government shutdown were acceptable, to which Cruz said no and suggested it would be the fault of Democrats for not compromising if one were to occur.

“[O]f course it’s not acceptable,” Cruz said. “We shouldn’t have a shutdown, which means Harry Reid has to move off his absolutist position. His position — I mean, you’ve seen multiple compromises from the Republicans, and you’ve seen zero — I mean, can you tell me any movement the Democrats have had whatsoever, David?”

The Democrats have no plan other than spend, spend, spend.

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