Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Did anyone believe that a government shutdown would occur because of Ted Cruz antics, as he held the Senate floor for more than 21 hours? Actually many believed that since the ObamaCare bill and the funding bill to avert a government shutdown in six days were tied together, there was a good chance that it could happen. But today, the U.S. Senate voted 100-0 to clear a key procedural hurdle toward passing a stopgap funding bill to avert a government shutdown in six days. Senator Ted Cruz, with his filibuster-styled effort in an attempt to de-fund Obamacare ended after 21 hours, it was clear that even Ted Cruz knew that he couldn't stop a vote. Now, it looks as if a stop gap measure to keep the government funded through November 15th is in place. The facts are that the Republicans do not have enough votes in Congress to defeat Obamacare, and even if they did, President Obama would defeat their cause with a stroke of his pen. Obama will make sure that his bill takes effect on October 1st.2013.
As expected, other Republican Senators praised Cruz for his efforts, regardless of how futule they were going to be. Most Senators knew it.
After wasting 21 hours of other Senators time, Cruz voted to end the debate. This wasn't until after he talked "about the Revolutionary War, the battle against the Nazis, and reading tweets from supporters and even reciting Dr. Seuss' Green Eggs and Ham" according to an article posted today by Susan Davis and Catalina Camia on 'USA Today'.
Mr. Cruz is a potential 2016 presidential candidate, and was only elected as Senator for the State of Texas just last year. Actually after all the talking, Cruz's so called talkathon should not be considered a filibuster, because the Senate still got to vote on the measure.
Just this past March, he fellow republican Ron Paul of Kentucky protested the Obama administration's drones policy for 12 hours, 52 minutes. After all the talk, it resulted in not much of anything, except to bring attention to themselves. If you think that the Republican party would have rathered not see Ted Cruz in this rediculas waste of time, you would be correct. Many of his fellow Senators from his party were against him wasting other senators time when that fact is, there really is nothing that he or any other Senator can do at the moment.