Washington (CNN) – Republican Sen. Dean Heller voted to filibuster the bill to raise the debt ceiling Wednesday, after telling CNN the night before that he did not support fellow Sen. Ted Cruz’s plan to do the same.
“Well, I don't think it's right, because at the end of the day, we're going to pass a clean debt ceiling increase, with Ted or without Ted's support, with my support or without my support,” Heller told Van Jones on CNN’s “Crossfire” Tuesday night.
But the senator from Nevada later joined 30 other Republicans, including Cruz, in an unsuccessful vote to prevent the clean bill to raise the debt ceiling from proceeding. A dozen GOP senators, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, joined Democrats in overcoming the filibuster attempt, but all Republican lawmakers voted against the final bill.
In a statement released Wednesday, Heller said he opposed the final bill because it did not address long-term debt.
“Congress cannot continue to consistently increase our nation’s debt without any conditions or any effort to become fiscally responsible,” he said. “Washington D.C. must not turn a blind eye to the consequences that runaway debt poses for our nation.”
CNN's Gabriella Schwarz contributed to this report