By Ramsey Cox - 09/25/13 12:11 AM EDT
Cruz proceeded to read them two stories — “King Soloman’s Wise Words” and “Green Eggs and Ham.”
Cruz said "Green Eggs and Ham" is applicable to the ObamaCare debate.
"'Green Eggs and Ham' is applicable to ObamaCare debate … because Obama and Democrats told Americans to just try ObamaCare," Cruz said. "They did not like ObamaCare, they did not like it in a House, they did not like it with a mouse."
Cruz is trying to delay Senate consideration of a House-passed spending bill, which funds the government through mid-December while also stripping funding for the Affordable Care Act.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is expected to advance H.J.Res. 59 with an amendment to remove the House language that defunds ObamaCare. A vote to end debate on the motion to proceed is expected Wednesday, and Cruz's actions cannot stop that from happening.
Cruz has said this is the best opportunity for Republicans to stop ObamaCare. Earlier Tuesday, he said he would stay on the Senate floor talking about the harmful effects of the law until he is “no longer able to stand.”
The government will shut down Oct. 1 if Congress doesn't approve some form of government funding measure.