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 HatchTreasury officials to meet with lawmakers on inversion rules A bipartisan bright spot we can’t afford to pass up: child welfare reform Medicare trust fund running out of money fast MORE (R-Utah).
Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidOvernight Finance: Obama signs Puerto Rico bill | Trump steps up attacks on trade | Dodd-Frank backers cheer 'too big to fail' decision | New pressure to fill Ex-Im board Iowa poll: Clinton up 14 on Trump, Grassley in tight race with Dem Lynch meeting with Bill Clinton creates firestorm for email case 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.