Cruz ends marathon speech


Associated Press

Posted on September 25, 2013 at 12:02 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — After 21 hours and 19 minutes, conservative Republican Sen. Ted Cruz has ended his talkathon aimed at dismantling President Barack Obama's health care law.

He sat down at noon, Eastern time, the pre-determined time for the Senate to adjourn, as several of his colleagues applauded.

The Senate then pushed ahead to a test vote on a bill to avert a government shutdown. The House attached a provision that would gut the health care law; the Senate is planning to remove it.

Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid says the marathon speech by Cruz was "a big waste of time."

Since yesterday afternoon, the Texas freshman senator controlled the floor -- with occasional remarks by other GOP conservatives. His allies gave him brief breaks from speaking, by asking lengthy questions. But he was required by Senate rules to remain on his feet.

Republican leaders and several rank-and-file GOP lawmakers had opposed his time-consuming effort, with the end of the fiscal year approaching. They were afraid that House Republicans wouldn't have enough time to respond to what the Senate eventually does.

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176-a-17-(Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas and Senator Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., presiding officer, during Senate session)-"be in order"-Senator Ted Cruz made a final bid for support as his time on the Senate floor ran out. (25 Sep 2013)

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175-w-31-(Jerry Bodlander, AP correspondent, with Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas)--A tea party Republican has given up control of the Senate floor after holding it overnight. AP correspondent Jerry Bodlander reports. (25 Sep 2013)

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168-a-13-(Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in remarks)-"say so openly"-Texas Senator Ted Cruz says he respects any Republicans who say they'll vote to end the debate because they think the GOP effort will fail, but those who are actually in favor of the health care bill should say so. (25 Sep 2013)

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APPHOTO DCSA102: Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas talks to reporters as he emerges from the Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept 25, 2013, after his overnight crusade railing against the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as "Obamacare." Cruz ended the marathon Senate speech opposing President Barack Obama's health care law after talking for 21 hours, 19 minutes. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) (25 Sep 2013)

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