Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Health Care — Presented by Carequest — Colin Powell's death highlights risks for immunocompromised The Senate confirmation process is broken — Senate Democrats can fix it Australian politician on Cruz, vaccines: 'We don't need your lectures, thanks mate' MORE (R-Texas) late Saturday shrugged off the idea that Republicans would shut down the federal government if President Obama took executive action on immigration reform.


“There is one person and one person only talking about shutting down the government, and that is the White House,” he told The Washington Post after offering a blistering critique of the administration’s policies at the Americans For Prosperity conference in Dallas.

Last October, Cruz led a conservative charge to shut down the government rather than fund ObamaCare.

The president is reportedly weighing circumventing congressional lawmakers, possibly before the end of the summer, to implement some measure of immigration reform.

Speaking before the conference, Cruz told the crowd that Obama “has no authority to prospectively grant amnesty to anyone.”

He warned if the president did move forward without Congress, doing so “would be utterly lawless.”

Cruz told reporters that the next presidential election is "going to be very much like 1980 -- it took Jimmy Carter to give us Ronald Reagan.”

The president is “going to produce new leadership in the Republican Party that brings up back to the principles this country was founded on,” he predicted.