Cruz: Obama will fix ObamaCare for unions if Senate fails to defund the law

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) predicted Wednesday morning that President Obama would find a way to tweak the 2010 healthcare law for angry unions if the Senate fails to defund the law this week.

Cruz said several times during his more than 19 hours-long speech against ObamaCare that the administration has already delayed the employer insurance mandate for companies. He also noted that the administration issued a rule allowing members of Congress and their staff to receive subsidies when they are forced onto ObamaCare's insurance exchanges, which Democrats have defended as continuing the employer-subsidy benefit that millions of other Americans receive.


Wednesday: Congress to… wait, is Cruz still talking?

Despite an hourslong speech from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) that was still taking place this morning, the Senate was expected to hold a procedural vote today on a House-passed continuing spending resolution.

The Senate should be able to vote on a motion to end debate on a motion to proceed to the continuing resolution, H.J.Res. 59, sometime today. That vote should allow the Senate to actually proceed to the bill, after which Democrats are expected to try to strip language that would defund ObamaCare.


Cruz questions if ObamaCare is more like Freddy or Jason

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) questioned which horror movie villain ObamaCare is more similar to, Freddy or Jason.

“Is ObamaCare more like Jason or Freddy?” Cruz asked Wednesday morning after bashing the healthcare law for more than 16 hours on the Senate floor. “The only way we stop Jason and/or Freddy is if the American people step up, and we listen.”


Cruz surpasses Paul’s filibuster time

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) passed Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-Ky.) filibuster time Wednesday morning.

Paul had held the record for current senators by speaking for more than 12 hours and 50 minutes in a floor speech about military drones.


Lee compares ObamaCare to a Barry Manilow album

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) compared funding ObamaCare to being forced to buy a Barry Manilow album.

Lee was explaining the process the Senate is going through to pass a government funding measure. He said it’s as if someone goes to the grocery store for eggs, bread and milk, and is told they also have to buy a bucket of nails, a book of cowboy poetry and a Barry Manilow album in order to get the items they came for.


Cruz predicts Obama will grant union waiver to ObamaCare

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) predicted Tuesday that once things quiet down, President Obama will grant a waiver allowing unions to keep their existing healthcare benefits.

“My prediction right now is if we get passed this … if ObamaCare goes into effect before the end of this president’s administration — mark my words — you will see an exemption for labor unions,” Cruz said while attempting to slow the progress of a spending bill.


Durbin mixes it up with Cruz in seventh hour of filibuster

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) on Tuesday night challenged Cruz's late-night filibuster against ObamaCare, and accused him of seeking to shut down the government and gutting healthcare benefits for millions of Americans.

Durbin started by asking asking if Cruz is willing to shut down the government if Congress does not defund ObamaCare. Democrats have said attaching ObamaCare defunding language to a short-term continuing resolution puts government funding at risk.


Cruz zings DC reporters as wannabe Hollywood gossip writers

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Tuesday night zinged the Washington DC press corps, saying that many of is members only want to focus on gossip and distract people from substantive issues.

"If you pick up any newspaper talking about this issue, what will the reporters write about?" Cruz asked during his more than six-hour filibuster against ObamaCare.


Paul tells Cruz to wear 'comfortable shoes' in filibuster advice

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) offered some words of advice to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on how to “filibuster” the Senate.

“I thought I’d come down to make sure you have comfortable shoes on,” Paul said to Cruz on the Senate floor Tuesday. “[And] try not to eat in front of the television cameras.”