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Senate Democrat complains about having to preside over Ted Cruz's 'non-filibuster' on Obamacare

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One of the privileges of being in the Senate majority is that members of your party get to run the chamber's business.

Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., does not want want to do that this evening as Ted Cruz mounts a sustained call for defunding Obamacare.

"Walking into Capitol to take 11-1 shift presiding over the Senate for this pointless fairy tale non-filibuster," Murphy tweeted a few minutes before 11 p.m. Tuesday.

The Texas Republican's remarks on the Senate floor aren't technically a filibuster, though they serve to extend the discussion as much as possible by preventing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., from ending the debate by holding a cloture vote.

The Washington Post's Paul Kane noted Tuesday afternoon that Cruz is executing the same procedural maneuver that Sen. Bernie Sanders of Connecticut, an independent who describes himself as a socialist and caucuses with the Democrats, opted for when opposing the extension of the Bush tax cuts three years ago.

"On wording: Cruz is doing exact same as @SenSanders Dec. 2010 speech. CBS, HuffPo, WaPo, LAT, Politico, RC, we all used 'filibuster' then," Kane noted.

Sanders' Senate website has the transcript of the speech, which is labelled the "full congressional record transcript of Sanders' filibuster."

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