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Ted Cruz Begins Anti-Obamacare Speech on Senate Floor: I Will Speak 'Until I Am No Longer Able to Stand

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during the news conference on alternative gun legislation on Wednesday, April 17, 2013. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

UPDATE: Top 5 Moments (So Far) From Ted Cruz’s Epic Hours-Long Anti-Obamacare Speech – Plus, Here Are the Senators Supporting Him

Sen. Ted Cruz speaks out against Obamacare (screen grab)

Texas Senator Ted Cruz on Tuesday took to the floor of the U.S. Senate to stand against Obamacare, President Barack Obama’s signature health care law.

"I rise today in opposition to Obamacare," Sen. Cruz said, adding that he would speak “until I am no longer able to stand."

Although his stand against the health care law is being billed as a “talking filibuster,” it won’t actually halt the senate from voting on a budget bill. That is, it may be a bold and symbolic speech (one that’s sure to infuriate his critics), but it will have zero effect on whether the senate moves forward on the House Continuing Resolution.

"This is not a filibuster," a Senate Democratic aide said. "Since cloture has been filed, the cloture vote will occur tomorrow no matter how long Senator Cruz speaks. This is not anything tricky, just basic Senate rules."

The Texas senator will have to stop speaking on Wednesday at around noon. He began at around 2:40 p.m. EST.

You can watch Sen. Cruz's anti-Obamacare stand here:


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