Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, And The Opportunity For A Filibuster
There are three major filibuster risks in the Senate: Tea partiers Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who think the bill doesn’t do enough for Republican demands.
Paul has indicated that he doesn’t plan to filibuster this time around. “I think it’s not a good idea to go through the debt ceiling deadline,” Paul told CNN this week. “I think we should go ahead and have an agreement in advance.”
But Lee and Cruz are unknowns, and Cruz has definitely hinted that he’d be willing to fight it out to the last. And lee just today indicated he would, too:
Asked if he plans to hold up a vote on a potential deal, Lee says, "I have to see what it is"
— Arlette Saenz (@ArletteSaenz) October 16, 2013