NEW YORK — After the spending deal last week that reopened the federal government through early 2014, Republicans tried to ease concerns Sunday about the possibility of another shutdown in just a few months.
Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who as the chamber’s top Republican helped broker the agreement, said that although he disliked the new federal health care law — the sticking point in the latest impasse — there was no use in Republicans’ trying to roll it back while Democrats control the Senate and the presidency.
“There will not be another government shutdown,” he said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “You can count on that.”
But Senator Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican, who was criticized by many in his own party for prolonging the gridlock, called last week’s budget agreement “terrible” and did not rule out another shutdown.
“I would do anything, and I will continue to do anything I can, to stop the train wreck that is Obamacare,” he said on ABC’s “This Week.”
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