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NIGHT AND DAY: CRUZ CRIMPS MCCONNELL - Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, couldn’t break the record for holding the floor of the Senate and he couldn’t have prevented a Senate vote, set for 1 p.m. today, which sets the stage for Senate Democrats to take apart a House bill that would defund President Obama’s 2010 health law. Cruz has, however, managed to put many of his fellow Republicans in a terrible bind.
[Watch Fox: Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., discusses defunding ObamaCare in the 8 a.m. ET hour]
I will not fund it, Sam-I-Am - Cruz, who vowed to speak until he was not “able to stand,” has held the floor for more than 17 hours. It can’t be called a filibuster because Cruz’s speech only delayed, but cannot block, the vote on the legislation. But it sure has been a river of words. Reading tweets from supporters, reading his young daughters “Green Eggs and Ham” in the first-ever bedtime story delivered via C-SPAN and extolling the virtues of White Castle burgers, Cruz started at 2:42 p.m. ET on Tuesday and was still talking well into this morning. Cruz has been assisted along the way by Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., David Vitter, R-La., Mike Lee, R-Utah, Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., and Pat Roberts, R- Kan. Cruz has yielded to his colleagues for lengthy questions, allowing him to take a bite of food and rest his voice.