Despite the fact that it doesn't defund Obamacare, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas said he won't block a vote on a deal to turn the government's lights back on.
"I have no objections to the timing of this vote and the reason is simple,” Cruz said. “There's nothing to be gained from delaying this vote one day or two days. The outcome will be the same. Every Senator, every member of the House will have to make a decision where he or she stands."
Cruz's crusade to defund President Obama's health care plan was hailed by fellow Republicans in the beginning.
"I think when the fight seemed to be primarily about ‘Obamacare,’ that's a very safe issue … with the Republican base," Jim Henson with the Texas Politics Project said.
Cruz stood against the Affordable Care Act for hours on the Senate floor in display of his opposition even as fellow Republicans shied away from saying they'd go as far as to risk a government shutdown.
And as the shutdown dragged on and the threat of the nation defaulting on its loans became real, the criticism against Cruz grew louder.
"I think once the deal was in place and it was going to be Cruz, basically on his own as the person scudding the deal, it made sense for him to relent, and not to use a dirty word, but to finally compromise," Henson said.
The repercussions of a 16 day government shutdown will weigh on every member of Congress, but perhaps more-so for Sen. Cruz.
The Houston Chronicle—which endorsed Cruz in his race for Senate—published an editorial Wednesday saying he's part of the problem in Washington and that in many cases, his predecessor, Kay Bailey Hutchison would have been more apt to work for a solution.
Political observers, however chalk this up as a net gain for the junior senator within his Tea Party base as they continue to support him in what they call the good fight.
There has also been discussion about whether Senator Cruz could be recalled. In Texas however, there are only recall provisions for elected officials on the local level.
Click the video below to hear U.S. Sen. Peter King of New York describe Cruz's role in the government shutdown.
YNN: Texas' Cruz under fire following shutdown deal
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