◼ On Monday afternoon, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz asked for unanimous consent to immediately consider the House Continuing Resolution to fund the government and avoid a shutdown. The legislation would also take steps to avoid a default on government debt while Congress debates a raising of the debt ceiling. Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid was on hand to block the request. - Mike Flynn/Breitbart
After Reid's block, Cruz noted in remarks that the move keeps open the possibility of a government shutdown next week and a default on the national debt later in October. "He is willing to risk a government shutdown," Cruz said about Reid. "He is willing to force a government shutdown," to continue funding ObamaCare.
Cruz noted that if the Senate passed the House CR all the talk about a shutdown or government default "would just go away. Those count-down clocks that are showing up on TV, would disappear."