GOP lawmaker: Ted Cruz doesn't have votes to derail spending bill

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzTrio of Senate Republicans urges Supreme Court to overrule Roe v. Wade Overnight Defense: US launches another airstrike in Somalia | Amendment to expand Pentagon recusal period added to NDAA | No. 2 State Dept. official to lead nuclear talks with Russia No. 2 State Dept. official to lead nuclear talks with Russia next week MORE (R-Texas) won’t have enough conservative votes to derail the $1.014 trillion spending bill Congress is expected to vote on this week, Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) said Monday. 

On Bloomberg TV, Cole was asked whether Cruz would succeed in ruining a GOP leadership plan to avoid a shutdown.   

“No, I don’t think he’s got the votes to do it. They’ll be actually bipartisan support for this, and there will be bipartisan opposition,” said Cole, who’s close to GOP leaders and is a member of the House Appropriations Committee. 

Cruz, the architect of the 2013 government shutdown, has been leading a group of conservatives to defund President Obama's executive orders on immigration.


There are some Democrats, Cole said, who oppose the authorization for funding of Syrian rebels in the battle against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Cole said there are also Republicans who prefer to spend less than the limits set in December 2013’s budget deal.

Cole acknowledged the fact that the bill must pass a Democratic Senate and must be signed by a Democratic president but said House Republicans wouldn’t need Democratic votes. 

“I don’t think we need them. I think a lot of them will vote for it because they broadly support parts of the bill,” he said.

The Appropriations panel is expected to post the funding bill known as the “cromnibus” online Monday. The bill will consist of 11 appropriations bills that fund most of the government through September 2015 and one continuing resolution (CR) that funds the Department of Homeland Security for a couple of months.

“At the end of the day, I think there will be ample votes there from both sides of the aisle, so I don’t think you’ll have the drama there that one might expect,” Cole said. 

The Republican said he’s “very confident” Congress would be able to pass the bill by the Thursday deadline to avert a government shutdown.