Collins throws shutdown shade at Cruz

Maine senator: 'I am rendered speechless'

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas told reporters on Monday he has "consistently opposed shutdowns," which later led to a response from his Republican colleague Sen. Susan Collins of Maine: "I am rendered speechless."

Earlier Monday, Cruz told reporters he is not for shutting the government down, following a vote to reopen the federal government after its being shuttered nearly three days.

"I have consistently opposed shutdowns. In 2013, I said we shouldn't be shutting the government down," Cruz told reporters on Monday.

Cruz is widely accused by Republicans and Democrats of organizing conservative lawmakers to shut down the government in 2013 over a failed plan to defund Obamacare, though to this day Cruz has disputed that characterization. Cruz also was one of 18 senators who voted against the bill that would end the 2013 shutdown.

When a reporter pointed out that he had "stood in the way" of preventing a shutdown in 2013, Cruz responded it was "factually incorrect and a wonderful media narrative" that he did that.

When told about Cruz's comments earlier on government shutdowns, Collins paused in her response and appeared to be in disbelief.

"You've rendered me speechless," she said, then paused. "2013. 2013."

Cruz has not immediately responded to CNN's request for comment on Collins' remarks.

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