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21 hours later, Ted Cruz enters the record books

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks to reporters as he leaves the floor of the Senate after skirmishing with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., over the Affordable Care Act, popularly know as Obamacare, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Sept. 23, 2013. The Republican-controlled House and the Democrat-controlled Senate are at an impasse after GOP conservatives approved legislation Friday in the House to keep the government running but at the cost of wiping out President Obama's signature health care law. Credit: AP

Twenty-one hours is a long time for anyone to speak, but some senators have spoken longer. So, how does Ted Cruz stack up when compared to his Senate counterparts?

The Washington Post provides some historical context to Cruz's remarks:

The longest U.S. Senate filibusters since 1900, when the Senate began keeping precise records, the senators who spoke for hours on end, the issues and the years:

— 24 hours, 18 minutes: Strom Thurmond, S.C., civil rights bill, 1957.

— 23 hours, 30 minutes: Alfonse D’Amato, N.Y., military bill, 1986.

— 22 hours, 26 minutes: Wayne Morse, Ore., Tidelands oil bill, 1953.

— 18 hours, 23 minutes: Robert La Follette Sr., Wis., currency bill, 1908.

— 16 hours, 12 minutes: William Proxmire, Wis., debt increase, 1981.

— 15 hours, 30 minutes: Huey Long, La., industrial recovery, 1935.

— 15 hours, 14 minutes: D’Amato, tax bill, 1992.

— 14 hours, 13 minutes: Robert Byrd, W.Va., civil rights bill, 1964.

— 12 hours, 52 minutes: Rand Paul, Ky., use of drones against American citizens, 2013.

— 8 hours, 39 minutes: Harry Reid, Nev., protesting a Republican-led filibuster, 2003.

— 8 hours, 37 minutes: Bernard Sanders, Vt., extension of tax cuts, 2010.

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