“Everyone in America understands Obamacare is destroying jobs and driving up health care costs,” Cruz said. “The only way to stop this is for Republicans to stand united and to deny the majority leader the ability to fund Obamacare.”
Cruz says he will talk until 'he can't stand anymore, and even read 'Green Eggs and Ham' by Dr. Seuss. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid tried to stop him with a motion that failed.
“The ransom demanded by Republicans to keep the government open is unworkable and unrealistic,” Reid stated. “These fanatics point to disapproval of Obamacare as justification for taking the government and our economy hostage to their demands.”
Democrats aren’t the only ones standing up to Cruz. He faces opposition in his
own party from Republicans like Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
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“I am supporting the House bill. Not only does it defund this terrible law. It doesn’t increase government spending by a penny. It keeps the government from shutting down,” McConnell said.
While all of this is going on President Barack Obama is in New York still campaigning for his unpopular bill.
“When people see they can get high quality, affordable health care for less than their cell phone bill they are going to sign up,” Obama explained.
This is not a filibuster, but an attempt by Cruz to keep Reid from amending the House bill that defunded Obamacare. No matter what happens with Cruz the Senate will hold a procedural vote on that bill shortly after noon.