Thank you Victoria…
On Sep 25, 2013, at 3:59 AM, Victoria Baer – The Baer Edge <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
He was joined by Mike Lee, Rand Paul and RUBIO!
I want you to note who was missing… THESE ARE YOUR TRAITOR REPUBLICANS…TAKE NOTE!
MCCAIN(az) , Lindsey Graham (sc), Mitch McConnell, Lamar Alexander (tn), SAXBY SHAMBLESS (ga), Johnny Isaskson (ga)
Dr. Tom Coburn, Susan Collins, Bob Corker (tn), Jeff Flake (az), Orin Hatch, Dr. James Inhofe, Ron Johnson (wi), & Jeff Sessions.
Sen. Cruz continues night-long attack on Obamacare
Video: Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Tex.) marathon speech, modeled on an old-fashioned filibuster, against Obamacare touches on green eggs and ham, Ashton Kutcher, poker, and several other topics.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) continued his attacks on President Obama’s health-care law early Wednesday morning by continuing a marathon speech modeled on old-fashion filibusters that likely will complicate House GOP efforts to pass a funding bill that would avert a government shutdown next week.
Speaking with little assistance from his Republican colleagues, Cruz assured that debate on the spending measure will stretch well into the weekend. With Senate passage all but certain on a bill that will include funding for the health-care law, Cruz’s strategy will give House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and his colleagues only a few hours to respond with a different version of the legislation.
As Sen. Ted Cruz’s marathon speech against Obamacare, modeled on an old-fashioned filibuster, goes late into the night, he takes a moment to read his kids some bedtime stories.
The freshman senator took the floor Tuesday afternoon promising to speak “until I am no longer able to stand” and his effort continued overnight, usually with just two other senators with him in the Senate chamber.
By 5 a.m. Wednesday, the length of Cruz’s marathon discourse had surpassed more traditional talking filibusters delivered by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) in March and a roughly 14-hour filibuster delivered by the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-W. Va.) in 1964.
As he outlined his opposition to the health-care law, Cruz’s hours of oratory touched a broad mix of subjects and sources, ranging from lyrics from a song by country music star Toby Keith; excerpts from the book, “Atlas Shrugged,” a favorite of libertarians; quotations from the popular reality television show, “Duck Dynasty;” the unemployment rate among African American teenagers; how his father, Rafael Cruz, used to make green eggs and ham for breakfast; a recent acceptance speech by actor Ashton Kutcher at an awards show; and the restaurants Denny’s, Benihana and White Castle.
At one point Tuesday night, Cruz opted to read bedtime stories to his two young daughters, who he said were home in Texas watching television with his wife. Cruz first read “King Solomon’s Wise Words,” from the Book of Proverbs and then the Dr. Seuss classic, “Green Eggs and Ham,” saying that it was one of his favorite children’s books.
Several times Cruz read supportive messages sent to his office via Twitter. He frequently noted that James P. Hoffa, president of the Teamsters Union, has warned that the new health-care law may create “nightmare scenarios” for employers.
If Hoffa is correct, then Cruz said that “senators shouldn’t be asleep when the nation is undergoing a nightmare.”
Several like-minded Senate conservatives briefly joined Cruz for a time on the Senate floor Tuesday evening, including Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.), two 2016 presidential aspirants. Cruz could yield to colleagues for long-form questions but could not leave the floor or sit.
His most frequent partner was Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), who would offer the Texas senator a respite by speaking at times for almost an hour.
Lee gave detailed critiques of Supreme Court decisions and employed a series of recollections from his younger years to draw attention to his concerns with the health-care law, commonly known as Obamacare. He recounted working as a young Supreme Court clerk in an office with an unruly thermostat. A maintenance worker finally discovered that the thermostat had been installed upside down.
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