He just started a few minutes ago, technically this isn’t a filibuster because of some parliamentary rules being used by Dingy.
A Republican Senate source tells NRO’s Betsy Woodruff that Texas senator Ted Cruz will mount a “talking filibuster” this afternoon to stop a cloture vote on the continuing resolution that would defund Obamacare, which is set to come up for a vote tomorrow. Cruz is expected to begin the filibuster shortly after 2:30 p.m.
Update: Click image to watch live.
Update: Dingy is less than thrilled.
Via Beltway Confidential:
Senate Majority Harry Reid, D-Nev., told reporters that Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who began speaking without interruption on the Senate floor Tuesday in opposition to funding Obamacare, isn’t engaged in a real filibuster.
“There’s no filibuster going on now,” Reid said Tuesday. “People can come and talk, but they can’t do anything to change when we vote.” The vote is scheduled for Wednesday.
Cruz took the floor today, explaining that he “intended to speak out in defense of defunding Obamacare until I can no longer stand.”
Cruz just making the great point that the Republicans have voted to keep the Government going, just defund Obamacare. That it is Harry Reid and the President that appear to be opting to shut down the government, and Cruz encourages that they not do so, “We do not want to shut down the government”.
If we want to mitigate all the harms that come from Obamacare, we have to stop it now, he argued.
Senator Ted Cruz continues to hold the floor after taking control of the upper chamber of Congress at about 2:40 p.m. So far, we’ve heard about how the outcome of the continuing resolution vote is predetermined…like matches in the World Wrestling Federation. We’ve heard how most Americans “could not give a flying flip” about politicians in Washington, most of whom “are in cheap suits with bad haircuts.” We’ve heard questions from Mike Lee and Rand Paul, among others.
Cruz: Will we continue to say, “For me but not for thee”?… Exemptions for the “ruling class” but not for hard working people.. We should be here fighting for the people.
Trending now: #teaparty, #makeDClisten, #DefundObamcare. Keep it up!
Update: Dingy in the midst of a meltdown.
Via The Hill:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s spokesman said Tuesday that Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) filibuster was fake.
“Fun fact: Senator Cruz pre-negotiated the terms of his #fakefilibuster with Senator Reid yesterday. Not exactly a Mr. Smith moment,” Adam Jentleson, the Communications Director for Reid (D-Nev.) tweeted more than two hours after Cruz took to the Senate floor.
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) September 24, 2013
If you want to send something to be heard, you can tweet it to the #MakeDCListen or #DefundObamacareBecause hashtags or @SenTedCruz.
Update: Seven hours and still going strong!
Update: Eight friggen hours, go Ted!
Note the time on the top right of the C-Span screenshot, he started at 2:40 pm.
Update 6:14 : 15:30 HOURS AND STILL GOING!
Senator Ted Cruz, showing himself to be one principled and tough character, with the assistance of Mike Lee, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, et al.