Cruz Vows to Speak Until 'No Longer Able to Stand'
Texas senator rails against ObamaCare, but can't actually delay vote
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 24, 2013 4:17 PM CDT
This image from Senate video shows Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaking on the Senate floor.   (AP Photo/Senate TV)

(Newser) – It's filibuster-y, but apparently not a filibuster. Sen. Ted Cruz took the Senate floor about 2:40pm Eastern today and promised to speak against ObamaCare until he is "no longer able to stand," reports AP. It sounds like an "old-fashioned talking filibuster," says the Washington Post, although, technically speaking, it's not a filibuster in the eyes of many parliamentarians. The Hill explains: A filibuster holds the promise of a lawmaker speaking long enough to block a vote, but that can't happen here. No matter what Cruz does, the Senate will vote on a procedural motion tomorrow on the House resolution that defunds ObamaCare.

"I want to disabuse everyone," said Harry Reid before Cruz started. "There will be no filibuster today. Filibusters stop people from voting, and we are going to vote tomorrow." But even if it amounts to nothing more than a really long speech, Cruz is taking advantage. "I rise today in opposition to ObamaCare,” he began. "This grand experiment is simply not working. It is time to make DC listen." Fellow conservative Mike Lee of Utah gave Cruz his first break after about an hour. Politico's take: "A potential 2016 presidential candidate, Cruz is playing to the GOP base as much as he is bashing business as usual inside the Capitol."

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Sep 25, 2013 12:45 AM CDT
Too bad he didn't say he'd keep talking until he could no longer think straight.
Sep 24, 2013 11:22 PM CDT
Cruz does not represent me as I did not vote for this person. Cruz needs to go back to Canada. He wants to shut down the government. He wants to hurt Disabled Veterans and Seniors so not to receive paychecks.
Sep 24, 2013 11:16 PM CDT is still has a live feed of him speaking...and running down a pretty long list of general and specific grievances with this legislation...he is a little more well spoken than i was given to believe