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Cruz ends Obamacare speech after 21 hours

Wednesday, 25 Sep 2013 | 12:15 PM ET
Senator Ted Cruz Reads Green Eggs and Ham in 'Filibuster'
Wednesday, 25 Sep 2013 | 12:00 AM ET
Texas Sen Ted Cruz read Dr. Seuss' "Green Eggs and Ham" and professed his love for White Castle burgers in speech on the Senate floor to voice his opposition to the Affordable Care Act.

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz has ended a marathon Senate speech opposing President Barack Obama's health care law after talking for 21 hours, 19 minutes.

The tea party conservative stopped speaking at 12 noon EDT Wednesday, sitting down to yield the floor. The Texas freshman began talking Tuesday afternoon, seeking the urge defunding of the 3-year-old health system overhaul. Fellow conservatives helped by making occasional remarks.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) arrives for the weekly Senate Republican Policy Committee luncheon September 24, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington.
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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) arrives for the weekly Senate Republican Policy Committee luncheon September 24, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Cruz had virtually no chance of prevailing.

The Senate debated the House bill—defunding the health care law while preventing a government shutdown—on Tuesday. Cruz wanted to derail it because Senate Democrats have the votes to remove the health care provision before sending the bill back to the House.

Many Republicans opposed Cruz's effort, fearing their party might be blamed if the government closes.

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