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Republican Senator Calls For Repeat Of 1995 Government Shutdown: ‘If We Hold Strong We Can Do That Again’

Scott Keyes
Think Progress / News Report
Published: Monday 7 January 2013
What happened was it was a partial shutdown, there was some political cost to be paid but at the end of the day, because Republicans stood strong in 1995, we saw year after year of balanced budgets and some of the most fiscally-responsible policies Congress has produced in the modern-era.
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Tea Party-aligned Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), within days of being sworn in, is already calling for a government shutdown unless Congress agrees to massive budget cuts.

During an appearance on Mark Levin’s radio show Friday, Cruz waxed poetic about the last time Republicans successfully shut down the government in 1995, arguing that a shutdown leads to better economic policies. “Because Republicans stood strong in 1995, we saw year after year of balanced budgets,” Cruz said. He went on to call for a repeat as Republicans hold the nation’s fiscal solvency hostage in the debt ceiling fight next month. “If we hold strong we can do that again,” the Texas Senator declared:

CRUZ: What would happen if the debt ceiling isn’t raised is it would be a partial government shutdown. We’ve seen this before, we saw this in 1995, when Republicans in the House shut down the government. What happened was it was a partial shutdown, there was some political cost to be paid but at the end of the day, because Republicans stood strong in 1995, we saw year after year of balanced budgets and some of the most fiscally-responsible policies Congress has produced in the modern-era. If we hold strong we can do that again. It just comes down to Republicans. Are we willing to stand strong and face the wrath of the mainstream media criticizing us and the president saying nasty things about us?

Were Cruz and his Republican allies to succeed in shutting down the government, theeffects would be felt widely. Over 800,000 federal workers would likely be furloughed, Social Security processing could be delayed, newly-eligible Medicare patients wouldn’t be able to obtain benefits, police and public safety officials could be cut, and veterans’ services would be impacted.

In addition, a debt ceiling negotiation itself is costly; last time Republicans held it hostage in 2011, the debacle cost taxpayers $19 billion.

The larger problem, however, is that by not raising the debt ceiling, Congress risks defaulting on the United States’ credit. If Cruz and his allies block a debt ceiling increase, the Treasury won’t be able to pay all its bills. As Matthew Yglesias notes, “The result won’t be a ‘shutdown’ of government functions; it’ll be a deadbeat federal government. Some people won’t get money they’re legally entitled to.” That’s why House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) warned in 2011 that not raising the debt ceiling would cause “financial disaster” for the entire “worldwide economy.”

In his first week in Congress, Cruz is already earning a reputation as an unwavering firebrand. As he explained on Fox News Sunday this past weekend, “I don’t think what Washington needs is more compromise.”

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ABOUT Scott Keyes

Scott Keyes is an investigative researcher for at the Center for American Progress Action Fund. Scott went to school at Stanford University where he received his B.A. in Political Science and M.A. in Sociology. He has appeared on MSNBC and TBD Newstalk TV and been a guest on many radio shows. His writing has been published by The Atlantic, Politico, the Christian Science Monitor, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. Scott comes to DC from southwest Ohio, a state very near and dear to his heart.

The recession is not over.

The recession is not over. If we follow the Republican game plan from the early 30’s we could still have a rerun of the Depression. Some people prospered very well in the Depression, as it was a time of some of the greatest wealth transfer in the country’s history. Perhaps he is representing his true constituency (and not the American people) in doing his part to revisit the Depression.

Yes, the GOP did shut down

Yes, the GOP did shut down the government. It backfired bigtime and Newt Gingrich was driven out of Congress, disgrace.
Go for it GOP!

Cruz just proves that

Cruz just proves that everythings big in TexASS.

I was under the impression

I was under the impression that Senators had to be moderately intelligent - of at least average intelligence. Guess that is incorrect. Cruz is obviously of waaay below average intelligence. His actions prove that. As such, he should not be allowed to be sworn in as he is incapable of understanding what responsibilities are included in regards to being part of the governing body of this country.

It is hard to balance the

It is hard to balance the budget when corporations won't pay their share of the taxes.

How is paying the bill on

How is paying the bill on stuff already incurred by congress a reason to shutdown the government? Just like the pork they added to the fiscal cliff deal ,they take every opportunity to add to the deficit to keep voters on there side in there districts and then want to blame everyone but themselves. I hope the president uses the 14th amendment and ends this grand standing game and makes them all look like the idiots they are. This is not the time to negotiate and they have had every chance to and have not wanted to negotiate.they have wanted to dictate. Pay the bills and negotiate later. with the key word NEGOTIATE. negotiate [nɪˈgəʊʃɪˌeɪt]
1. to work or talk (with others) to achieve (a transaction, an agreement, etc.)
In case he doesn't know what that means.
Start with all the tax loopholes and breaks and go from there.
read this in case you missed it

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It figures that this moron

It figures that this moron was just elected to shut down the goverment rather than help solve problems

Lets shut down all of our

Lets shut down all of our overseas military activity to balance the budget. Not only are overseas bases and wars expensive now, but they create the sort of self-righteous hatred of Americans that will help Al Qaeda and similar groups recruit terrorists. If Iran could no longer blame every problem on "the Great Satan" and if Saudi Arabia could no longer distract their unemployed youth toward Islamic fundamentalism by claiming we're in a "new Crusade," then I wonder how long it would take for genuine reforms within those societies.
Every overseas intervention after 1945, no matter how wise it appeared initially, has boomeranged on us.

bho got his tax hike now he

bho got his tax hike now he needs to show leadership and show cuts

If you mean cuts to

If you mean cuts to "entitlements," then bullshit!!!! Read Robert Reich's article, then get back to me.

i read booby reich idea =

i read booby reich idea = keep soc sec as is and let the checks bounce in 2036 he figures he will be dead by then

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