Following last week’s U.S. House vote to de-fund ObamaCare as part of a continuing resolution to keep the government operating, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) vowed to do everything in his power to move the issue forward in his congressional chamber. Though any hope of a full-fledged filibuster was stymied by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Cruz nonetheless began an informal “talking filibuster” Tuesday.
Reid adamantly announced that there “will be no filibuster today” after using a parliamentary procedure designed to forcibly end a debate to stop Cruz before he could get started. Under such rules, known as cloture, a Senate schedule mandates that a vote will be taken at a specific time. As it pertains to this issue, votes will be cast shortly after the Senate reconvenes Wednesday afternoon.
Vowing to “speak until I can no longer stand,” Cruz can nonetheless expect to frustrate Reid and Senate Democrats by engaging in his ad hoc address.
Beginning his remarks at around 2:41 p.m., Cruz has been joined by fellow Tea Party-backed Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) for a speech that could last up to 15 hours. Even though he will not ultimately succeed in stopping the vote, Cruz said he hopes to “make D.C. listen” by drawing attention to the monumental unpopularity of socialized healthcare.
He indicated that, if legislators were in tune with those they were elected to represent, the vote against ObamaCare would be unanimous. While some liberal bastions on either coast are still somehow on board with the monstrous bill, Cruz’s overall point is well-taken.
Cruz is among a precious few elected officials who actually reflect the will of his constituents instead of focusing entirely on his own political aspirations. The delicious irony, of course, is that by doing so, his future in American politics only grows brighter with each passing day.
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