Cruz took to the Senate floor around 2:40 p.m. Tuesday. He vowed to speak out against ObamaCare funding until he was “no longer able to stand.” But Democrats are saying it technically isn’t a filibuster since Cruz won’t be able to stop a procedural vote to advance a government spending bill tomorrow afternoon.
“I had a choice which with I was confronted — do I follow through and wear my argument boots or do I wear more comfortable shoes as the senator recommended,” Cruz said. “I am not in my argument boots.”
Cruz said he was instead wearing more comfortable shoes similar to ones worn by Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin HatchTim Kaine backs call to boost funding for Israeli missile defense Froman: Too early to start trade talks with the UK Bacteria found ahead of Olympics underscores need for congressional action for new antibiotics MORE (R-Utah).
Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidThe Trail 2016: Her big night Reid: Trump 'may have' broken the law with Russia remarks Senator slams Reid for 'dangerous game' on Trump briefings MORE (D-Nev.) is expected to advance H.J.Res. 59 with an amendment to remove the House language that defunds ObamaCare. Cruz is objecting because he doesn’t want Reid to strip the House bill of its language to defund ObamaCare.
The government will shut down Oct. 1 if Congress doesn't approve some form of government funding measure.
Paul filibustered the Senate earlier this year for nearly 12 hours in order to stop the administration from using military drones in surveillance against U.S. citizens.