Talk about long winded! Senator Ted Cruz (Republican) must have broken a speaking record on the Senate floor when he spoke out for 21 hours and 19 minutes about killing the funding for Obama’s health care law.
The Senate quickly put into place legislation that is needed to avert a partial governmental shutdown on Monday night. Senate members are also expected to take out provisions to defund Obama’s the health care law.
After speaking for a day and well into the night, Cruz finally took his seat when it was time to adjourn the meeting.
Cruz believes Republicans should fight against the measure. A vote will occur on Friday or Saturday that will give Democrats the edge on the measure if Cruz was not successful in blocking it.
Cruz attempted to talk members out of stripping the defunding of Obamacare provision. His plan has upset other Republicans who believe a possible shutdown would occur if he succeeds.
Cruz had high hopes that the 46 Republican Senate members would come together, uniting their party. He stated he hoped Republicans would “listen to the people.” He knows that coming into the debate, the party was not united in the efforts to deny funding for the health care bill.
I hope those divisions dissolve and that we come together in party unity.
Majority Leader Harry Reid, Democrat, was not impressed by Cruz’ attempt to change the minds of Senate members who disagreed with the defunding plan.
For lack of a better way of describing this, it has been a big waste of time.
Republicans have threatened a government shut down over the past few weeks if the defunding bill did not pass. Obama wasn’t concerned about the threats and refused to fold under such attempts to scare votes out of the Senate members.
In a previous vote by members in the House, the short-term government spending plan was voted down by a 230-189 tally that went down the party division line. The legislation efforts moved on to the Senate.
House Republicans have voted 42 times to repeal the Obama care program. Since there has been no success in the attempts, you would assume the attempts would end. A group of Republicans refuse to let the plan to defund the health care law end.
Senator John McCain was asking his colleagues to end the threats of a shutdown.
Republicans ought to understand if we shut down the government, Congress always gets blamed – rightly or wrongly – Congress gets blamed. We’ve seen the movie before. It’s just some of them weren’t around at the time. I was.