February 13th, 2014
08:19 AM ET
8 years ago

Senator criticizes debt ceiling filibuster, then votes to filibuster

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.

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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

Filed under: Crossfire • Dean Heller • Debt • Nevada
soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. CAWinMD

    Senator - the power is in your hands. If you want to stop spending, then craft a set of bills that addresses the long term debt in such a way that it can get 60 votes in the Senate and a majority in the House.

    It really is that simple. The problem is that you need to realize that the way you want to to this is not the way others want to do this. You're not going to get everything that you want. That doesn't make the other side evil, or traitors, or "the takers", or anything other than people with a different opinion than you.

    Now get to work.

    February 13, 2014 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  2. Rosslaw

    Another profile in courage from right-wing America. Of course, when Canadian Cruz can hold a fake filibuster and be held up as the right-wing's version of Audie Murphy, what else people should expect.

    February 13, 2014 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  3. mikeinthevine

    These people are utterly insane.

    February 13, 2014 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  4. Siestasis

    Senator Heller's creed: I will sacrifice my integrity, my ethics and my word to gain my most important goal – to get re-elected. Nothing is as important as my re-election.

    February 13, 2014 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  5. Michael MN

    The Koch Boys must have reminded him where his campaign money comes from

    February 13, 2014 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  6. rs

    Rest assured fellow politicos, the above isn't the worst thing GOPpers can do-

    From today's paper in AZ:
    1. A GOP sponsored bill to make County Sheriffs the highest law enforcement authority in the land by requiring all other (i.e. federal) authorities seek permission from said sheriffs before making arrests- so FBI, Border Patrol, BATF, Postal Authorities, Railroad Officers, Military police, presumably even Az DPS will have to seek out sheriffs before perforrming their duties.
    2. A law with lists of material (no doubt including firearms) for citizens to stockpile ahead of impending EMF "emergencies", because "the state can't help everyone".
    3. The ability to discriminate based upon "your sincerely held religious beliefs" bill moves forward.

    The GOP is insane. This the proof.

    February 13, 2014 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  7. independant jim

    He will do what he is told to do by the Tea Party .. Right or wrong he wont cross the line by telling the TP no

    February 13, 2014 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  8. sonny chapman

    Dem. Deficits are Evil. Repub. Deficits to fund Wars & Tax Cuts for the Wealthy are Patriotic.

    February 13, 2014 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  9. rs


    have these neocons ever admitted that 90% of the debt in 2011 ,, was all bush and or bush related ? as per the CBO report , and those bills are just still climbing , all the secret deals made behind closed doors with chenney the oil barons and so on just didn't go away as the fascist neocon want their stupid's (supporters)to believe .. in fact remember all the screaming during the last election saying the dems are the big spenders when that was all a lie from the right wing neocon fascist ...
    Unfortunately for today's Rightwingers, there is no history before January 9, 2009. Selective memory at its best!

    February 13, 2014 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  10. democraticvision

    I will never vote for a Republican again. Never.

    February 13, 2014 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  11. mike

    a new year but paying the same old idiots in office for doing the same old bullrap and getting nothing done but yet have the nerve to expect results

    February 13, 2014 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  12. Bessy

    Are these people nuts , or what ? Maybe the night before, when he made that statement, he was drinking ?

    February 13, 2014 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
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