Cruz Vows to Speak Against Obamacare Until He is 'No Longer Able - kcentv.com - KCEN HD - Waco, Temple, and Killeen

Cruz Vows to Speak Against Obamacare Until He is 'No Longer Able to Stand'

Posted: Updated:

(NBC News) -- Texas Sen. Ted Cruz took to the Senate floor just after 2:41 p.m. on Tuesday, vowing to speak in opposition to Obamacare "until [he] is no longer able to stand." 

"I rise today in opposition to Obamacare," Cruz said upon being recognized for what essentially amounts to little more than a very, very long speech. The speech is not formally considered a filibuster in the sense that it is not being used to hold up legislation, per se. The Senate will still proceed with a vote on Wednesday to take up legislation to fund the government (and defund Obamacre) passed last week by Republicans in the House.

"I intend to speak in support of defunding ObamaCare until I am no longer able to stand, to do everything that I can to help Americans stand together," the hard-charging Texas senator said.

Because of Majority Leader Harry Reid's move Monday to schedule a test vote on government funding for Wednesday morning, Cruz can't do anything on his own procedurally to delay the timing of that vote.

When asked how long he planned to speak, Cruz offered a wry response to reporters on Capitol Hill: "We shall see."

If Cruz managed to keep the least 60 of his fellow senators from supporting that Wednesday vote, he could prevent cutting off debate on the budget bill – and that would be a filibuster.

Cruz wants that procedural vote to fail, because – if the final government funding bill subsequently passed, Democrats would simply strip out the part of the legislation that deals with Obamacare, kicking the clean bill back to the House.

But Cruz has only a few allies in that attempt. Most senior Republicans, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., have said they will vote to cut off debate – which would enable Democrats to strip the provision to defund Obamacare, but – more importantly – also allow the process of reaching an agreement to fund the government to move forward.

On that note, Reid said Tuesday that he would seek to move forward with legislation to fund the government through mid-November, a more modest time frame than had initially been sought by lawmakers.

The political appeal, though, of a long speech – filibuster or no – is undeniable. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul earned the adulation of conservatives for a 13-hour filibuster he waged against the Obama administration's national security practices and its use of drones.

Cruz, like Paul, has possible designs on the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, and his speech against Obamacare – the program so hated by conservatives – could help endear him to the party's base.

  • Latest NewsMore>>

  • Korean War Monument Unveiled

    Korean War Monument Unveiled

    Saturday, April 19 2014 7:49 PM EDT2014-04-19 23:49:31 GMT
    (KCEN) -- Jesus Perez joined the Air Force in 1951 and went to Korea a year later, but he says many people overlook the war he fought. "A lot of people forget about this," Perez said. "You look at the history books and there's one little sentence. Not a paragraph. Just one little sentence."On Saturday morning, the Central Texas chapter of the Korean War Veterans Association set out to fix that with the unveiling of a new monument. It was an emotional moment that brought back memories for vete...More >>
    (KCEN) -- Jesus Perez joined the Air Force in 1951 and went to Korea a year later, but he says many people overlook the war he fought. "A lot of people forget about this," Perez said. "You look at the history books and there's one little sentence. Not a paragraph. Just one little sentence."On Saturday morning, the Central Texas chapter of the Korean War Veterans Association set out to fix that with the unveiling of a new monument. It was an emotional moment that brought back memories for vete...More >>
  • Thousands of Hispanic Youth Descend on Waco for 50th Annual Congreso

    Thousands of Hispanic Youth Descend on Waco for 50th Annual Congreso

    Friday, April 18 2014 8:19 PM EDT2014-04-19 00:19:28 GMT
    (KCEN)-- More than 5,000 Hispanic Baptist youth are in Waco for 50th Annual Congreso. It's the largest annual gathering of Hispanic Baptist young people in the state of Texas. This is the sixth yearMore >>
    (KCEN)-- More than 5,000 Hispanic Baptist youth are in Waco for 50th Annual Congreso. It's the largest annual gathering of Hispanic Baptist young people in the state of Texas. This is the sixth yearMore >>
  • BBQ Joints and Backyard Grillers Feel the Heat of Rising Meat Prices

    BBQ Joints and Backyard Grillers Feel the Heat of Rising Meat Prices

    Friday, April 18 2014 6:31 PM EDT2014-04-18 22:31:15 GMT
    (KCEN) – If anyone knows BBQ, it's Roy Hamilton. The 79-year-old has been around it his entire life. It's who he is. His father started Maurice's Pit BBQ in Harker Heights back in 1951, and now the fingerMore >>
    As you get ready to dust off those grills, be prepared to pay more. Beef and pork prices are skyrocketing just in time for BBQ season.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KCEN, Owned and Operated by London Broadcasting Company. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.