WASHINGTON – Sen.
Cruz is urging senators to vote against a procedural step on the House-passed spending bill that would keep the government running when the fiscal year ends Monday, but also cut funding to implement the Affordable Care Act.
Most of Cruz’s Republican colleagues have said they intend to vote for the motion to cut off debate, including Minority Leader
But Cruz said that an affirmative vote is a vote to allow Senate Majority
Cruz argued that he was making a principled stand for the American people, rather than using Senate procedure as cover. "Our leaders in both parties are asking us … to cut off debate on a bill without even knowing what's in it," he said. "That's how Washington does business."
His intent to speak uninterrupted on the Senate floor recalls a March filibuster from Sen.
That difference led Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to bluntly say there is no filibuster.
"Filibusters are to stop people from voting. We are going to vote tomorrow," Reid said Tuesday morning. "No one can stop that."
Cruz arrived in the Senate chamber Tuesday afternoon carrying a thick binder and was recognized to speak at 2:41 p.m. After nearly an hour, he deferred to Sen.
Paul's filibuster lasted nearly 13 hours, a span that included remarks from Cruz and others in support of his effort.