February 13th, 2014
08:19 AM ET
6 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.

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. rs

    This my friends is the psychosis that is today's GOP. No principle, no morality- just flip-flop and obstruction. Really guy? Make the debt ceiling a "supermajority" vote? With what as the possible end? That the budget limit doesn't get raised? To what end?
    Look fools- if you can't do your jobs, and you so hate our nation and it's government, at least be honest about it- that way it will be so much easier to bar you from government, and target you as the anti-American enemies you apparently really are.
    Terrorism, obstruction and destruction must be prosecuted.

    February 13, 2014 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  2. Tampa Tim

    Hopefully, republicans will realize some day, that you actually have to pay for unfunded wars, tax cuts for the wealthy, unfunded drug programs, TARP, government shutdowns, obstruction of government, trickle down economics, credit downgrades, and other right wing stupidity. Passing a budget and refusing to pay for it is so republican.

    February 13, 2014 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  3. Jme

    Sounds pretty small compared to "You can keep your Doctor".

    February 13, 2014 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  4. Drano

    Way to talk out of both side of your mouth Sen Heller. The hypocrisy shown by the GOP is astounding.

    February 13, 2014 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  5. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    These are the 30 incompetent GOP tea idiot obstructionist that we HAVE TO GET RID OF in November to get our country back on track, I guess this GOP moron likes to have it both ways and Cruz and fake pastor father need to go back to Cuba where the GOP idiot terrorist came from. I'd really like to see both of THEIR papers!!!!

    February 13, 2014 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  6. Siestasis

    Liar liar pants on fire.

    February 13, 2014 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  7. Gurgyl

    Filibuster, voter, immigration, term-limits for senator/congress reforms are Lon, long, long awaited reforms in this nation. No matter who bites the cake, these are "the must" reforms. Instead of party ling pellmell, fight for these for USA sake. God bless!!!!!!!!!

    February 13, 2014 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  8. phatdaddy51

    don't members of the gop ever worry about the inconsistencies they present to the public........or has it just become commonplace and expected, for 'em to say one thing and do another?.......will conservatives ever look in the mirror and recognize what they see?

    February 13, 2014 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  9. Nathan

    I guess the part addressing long termdebt was dropped from the bill after his interview the night before. Now he can be on record as having voted against the bill for his while also looking reasonable on TV thenight before by displaying common sense. Theworst part is that his constituients will by the two faced nonsense.

    February 13, 2014 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  10. Terry Bradford

    Yawn..... Every situation is different and there are political motivations. Wasn't it Harry Reid who recently voted against something that he had proposed????? Where is the outrage CNN. And some of the Dems that are complaining about the filabuster now are the same persons that filabustered during the Bush years.

    It must be a slow news day.

    February 13, 2014 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  11. John

    Republicans -

    Your hypocrisy doth know no bounds!

    February 13, 2014 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  12. DocHollywood

    Just another typical politician. Everything is done for 'political' reasons. Just like on Morning Joe yesterday. Scarborough said the republicans should have attached repealing the Veterans Pension cuts to the bill, have the Democrats vote against it, then reintroduce a clean bill and pass it, all so they could say "look at those dems, they hate veterans".....And it is done commonly on both sides, not to solve a problem but to make the other side look politically weak in areas. Pathetic.

    February 13, 2014 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  13. cristian

    well, that's what politicians do!

    February 13, 2014 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  14. Golden Policy!

    Well of COURSE he does! Someone pulled his string and made him do it.

    February 13, 2014 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  15. Homie

    Typical politician

    February 13, 2014 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  16. Wake up People!

    The poor GOP, they have been so indoctrinated into opposing THIS POTUS, they don't know if they're coming or going. Poor guys can't even think for themselves, they need someone to tell them how to think. He needed a foreign born loser who probably shouldn't even be in the Senate. Ole Mr. Green Eggs and Ham himself. Dude is so dense, he didn't even understand the meaning of the story.

    Carry on GOP.

    February 13, 2014 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  17. chill

    Apparently he was against it before he was for it.

    February 13, 2014 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  18. george

    Spineless senator.

    February 13, 2014 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  19. berniecat@outlook.com

    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 ...

    February 13, 2014 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  20. Pack O fools

    It's time to retire these professional idiots.

    February 13, 2014 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  21. Randy, San Francisco

    Politics as usual. Sen Heller knew the bill would pass no matter how he voted. It gives him political cover with his Tea Party and fiscal conservative supporters.

    February 13, 2014 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  22. wake up GOP

    Could reality be anymore obscure to these GOP inbred hooligans.

    February 13, 2014 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  23. DaveinIL

    It's called political strategy. The Republicans wanted to make a statement without raising the "defaulting on our debts" issue so they let the Bill proceed by giving the Dems enough votes to acheive cloture and then all voted against it on the final vote.

    February 13, 2014 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  24. better than this

    really ...haven't we had enough of the GOP?!

    February 13, 2014 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  25. AnaHadWolves

    I guess they were FOR it before they were AGAINST it, huh...

    February 13, 2014 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
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