Sen. Ted Cruz Slams Senate, Lauds House on Debt-Limit Deal

Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013  |  Updated 2:19 PM CDT
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Ted Cruz Lauds House on Debt-Limit Deal

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks at a rally supported by military veterans, Tea Party activists and Republicans, regarding the government shutdown, Oct. 13, 2013 in Washington, D.C. The rally was centered around re-opening national memorials, including the World War Two Memorial, though the rally also focused on the government shutdown and frustrations against President Obama. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

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Ted Cruz is decrying a deal brokered by his U.S. Senate colleagues to avert a default and reopen the government -- but isn't planning a filibuster to derail it.

In a statement Wednesday, Cruz slammed the Senate and Washington in general for not doing more to shield Americans from the nation's new health care law.

But he also praised the House for its "bold stance" during the government shutdown and debt-limit fight.

A deal to end the budget impasse in that chamber collapsed earlier this week.

Cruz staged a 21-plus hour quasi-filibuster last month against the Obama administration's signature health care law, helping spark the government shutdown.

But Congress is now set to approve a budget deal to raise the nation's $16.7 trillion debt limit and reopen the government. 

The nation is just hours away from a crucial default deadline, and Washington remains muddled in a risky legislative process that has the world holding its collective breath. Watch here for live updates, photos and videos from NBC News throughout the day. Get More at NBC News

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