Dem Rep. argues Wendy Davis, not Cruz, launched greatest filibuster

The freshman Democrat took a page out of rapper Kanye West’s playbook when he interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the Video Music Awards in 2009.

Cruz has launched an hours-long speech Tuesday on the Senate floor ahead of a vote to fund the government through the end of the year. Davis boosted her profile earlier this year by filibustering a bill in the Texas state House against a restrictive abortion bill.  

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While Cruz agrees with the overall spending bill passed by the House last week, he is protesting a Democratic tactic to strip the bill of language defunding ObamaCare. A vote to proceed to the bill will be held Wednesday with final votes on passage likely to drag into the weekend. 

The government will shutdown on Oct. 1 if no bill is passed and signed by President Obama. 

A few Democrats have taken to twitter to blast Cruz’s effort.

Cruz has split with GOP leadership in the Senate about voting against a bill that Republicans ultimately supports because of a procedural disagreement.   

But he has received encouragement from a number of Republicans on Twitter, including Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulLawmaker seeks to investigate Obama's foreign tax compliance law Funding bill rejected as shutdown nears GOP senators hit FBI on early probe of NY bombing suspect MORE (R-Ky.), who held his own marathon filibuster in March.

Paul and two other GOP senators — Mike LeeMike LeeSenators express 'grave concerns' about ObamaCare 'bailout' Funding bill rejected as shutdown nears Shutdown risk grows over Flint MORE (Utah) and David VitterDavid VitterGOP pressures Kerry on Russia's use of Iranian airbase Louisiana needs Caroline Fayard as its new senator Louisiana Republicans: This isn’t like Sandy MORE (La.) — joined him briefly on the Senate floor. Even Chairman of the Republican National Committee Reince Priebus gave Cruz support.