Sen. Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas, is now on the sixth hour of a filibuster that he hopes will slow debate on a measure that removes a provision in a House bill that funds the government but defunds Obamacare.
The filibuster comes just six days before the federal government is due to run out of money.
“I intend to speak until I cannot stand,” Cruz said on the Senate floor, during a speech that started at 2:42 p.m. ET.
A little after 8 p.m., the freshman senator said he wanted to read “bedtime stories” to his two daughters and he launched into Green Eggs And Ham.
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Sen. Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, said Cruz’s speech is not really filibuster, “because the vote to end debate and bring up the House bill would go on as scheduled” on Wednesday. In other words, Cruz would have to break the late Sen. Strom Thurmond’s record of 24 hours and 18 minutes if he really wanted to delay a procedural vote on the funding measure.