During the debate yesterday on the continuing resolution Tea Party superstar Ted Cruz was attacked by Harry Reid, who stated, "we’re not going to bow to tea party anarchists who deny the mere fact that Obamacare is the law. We will not bow to tea party anarchists who refuse to accept that the Supreme Court ruled that Obamacare is Constitutional."
Ted Cruz also had a difficult time getting the floor.
Today, Cruz had no problem getting the floor, but Reid will have a problem getting it back. At 2:40pm Ted Cruz began speaking in defense of defunding Obamacare, and Senator Cruz has been speaking for an hour, joined at one point by Senator Mike Lee. It seems strange but Cruz is speaking on a bill he fully supports, asking the Senate to not cloture it. This bill is the Continuing Resolution passed by the United States House of Representatives, that takes the funding away from Obamacare. The fear that Cruz has is that Reid will, using his position as Senate Majority Leader, will take that portion out of the bill. This would likely happen if the bill is clotured. Although some in the Conservative Movement have stated that this may not be the best way to fight Obamacare, Ted Cruz has the full support of the Republican Party.
This is not yet a technical filibuster since the voting time is scheduled for tomorrow.