Ted Cruz put out a press release on Monday night, in which he vowed to give away his salary to charity if Harry Reid “forces” a government shutdown.

Cruz said, “Harry Reid should not force a government shutdown. I hope that Reid stops refusing to negotiate and works with the House to avoid a government shutdown, and, at the same time, prevent the enormous harms that Obamacare is inflicting on the American people.”

He continued, “If, however, Harry Reid forces a government shutdown, I intend to donate my salary to charity for each day the government is shut down. Elected leaders should not be treated better than the American people, which is precisely why hardworking Americans deserve the same Obamacare exception that President Obama has already granted Members of Congress.”

Republicans in the House will likely blame Harry Reid if the government does indeed shut down. On Monday evening, the Senate rejected a short-term resolution passed by the House that would have funded the government and delayed Obamacare’s individual mandate for a year.

The Senate shows no signs of budging.

President Obama reportedly told House Speaker John Boehner “I’m not going to negotiate. I’m not going to negotiate, I’m not going to do this.”

Ted Cruz will certainly send a strong message by donating his salary to charity in the wake of a government shutdown.

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