Sen. Ted Cruz is opposing a simple majority vote in the Senate on the bill to raise the debt ceiling.
The Texas tea party Republican is demanding that 60 votes be required to pass the measure, which will mean that five GOP senators will have to vote with the 55 Democrats in the Senate.
“Historically, the debt ceiling has proven the most effective leverage for reining in spending; 28 times,” said Cruz, who orchestrated the 16-day government shutdown in a battle over the debt ceiling last October in a failed bid to prevent the funding of Obamacare.
The House of Representatives narrowly approved a debt-ceiling measure on Tuesday, which will extend the federal borrowing authority for one year without any conditions.
“Congress has attached meaningful conditions to debt ceiling increases,” Cruz said in a statement. “We should do so again to address the real problem. I intend to object to any effort to raise the debt ceiling on a 50-vote threshold. “I will insist instead on a 60-vote threshold.”