Live Updates: Sen. Cruz’s Filibuster to Defund Obamacare

Right now, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 94% is on the Senate floor making the case why his colleagues must stand up and fight against Obamacare. As principled conservatives, we know that the establishment is trying to undercut and marginalize Ted Cruz because they fear his strategy to defund Obamacare will work.

See live updates of the filibuster below.

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Live Updates

11:56 PM

We’re wrapping up the live blog for the night. Between too-close-to-call, a recount, and a runoff, things are winding down.

Clearly Obamacare remains an important issue to voters — and the campaigns reflected that.  Not only did every single newly elected Republican Senator run on “repeal”, the ad war had a distinct anti-Obamacare flare.  The Republican majority — House in 2010 and Senate in 2014 — is built on repeal.

Incredibly, not one single newly elected Republican Senator ran in favor of comprehensive immigration reform and amnesty.  In fact, every candidate that made amnesty an issue, including 6 of the Republican pickups, ran a strong anti-amnesty campaign.  The U.S. Chamber spent millions supporting anti-amnesty candidates while the NRSC and Crossroads-affiliated groups ran anti-amnesty ads to help push Republicans across the finish line.

Conservatives carried the night. Now they must govern as they campaigned.

11:40 PM

Obamacare is deciding elections:


11:33 PM

What we’re seeing:

Incredibly, not one single newly elected Republican Senator ran in favor of comprehensive immigration reform and amnesty.  In fact, every candidate that made amnesty an issue, including 6 of the Republican pickups (so far), ran a strong anti-amnesty campaign.  The U.S. Chamber spent millions supporting anti-amnesty candidates while the NRSC and Crossroads-affiliated groups ran anti-amnesty ads to help push Republicans across the finish line.

11:32 PM

What we’re seeing:

Outside of Washington, Obamacare remains an important issue to voters — and the campaigns reflected that.  Not only did every single newly elected Republican Senator run on “repeal”, the ad war had a distinct anti-Obamacare flare.  The Republican majority — House in 2010 and Senate in 2014 — is built on repeal.

11:30 PM


GOP picks up 7th seat: Thom Tillis has won North Carolina’s closely watched Senate race.

Tillis hammered the Obamacare issue: “When [Hagan] cast the deciding vote for Obamacare, voted to kill the equivalent of 2.5 million jobs.”  Hagan tried to defend Obamacare.

11:25 PM


Joni Ernst defeats Rep. Bruce Braley in hotly contested Iowa Senate race.

Obamacare was a major issue in Iowa.  In contrast to Braley who voted for and tried to defend Obamacare, Ernst advocated “immediate action to repeal Obamacare.”  She even used the Weekly Republican Address as an opportunity to hammer Obamacare and ran an ad that promised to “take aim” and “unload” on the law.

10:49 PM

Sen. Pat Roberts survives a strong challenge in Kansas.

Despite continued efforts to downplay the importance of Obamacare to the electorate, it was a major issue in Kansas.  Roberts continued to tout his opposition to Obamacare and his willingness to take action, noting he joined the Cruz-led “effort to defund the law.”

10:42 PM

Perdue Wins in Georgia

David Perdue defeated Michelle Nunn in Georgia, keeping the seat for Republicans.

Perdue hammered Nunn for “support[ing] amnesty” and pushing “open border policies.”  He did so time and time again while promising to, “once and for all, forget amnesty.”

10:34 PM

So-called ‘conservative Democrat’ Rep. John Barrow (D-GA) lost.

29% isn’t conservative.

09:56 PM

Rep. Cory Gardner has defeated Sen. Mark Udall in Colorado.

Despite continued efforts to downplay the importance of Obamacare to the electorate, it was a major issue in Colorado.  In announcing his surprise bid, Gardner declared “We will stop the government takeover of health care.”  He called Udall, who pressured insurance companies to hide 20,000+ cancellation notices, the “deciding vote” and promised to repeal Obamacare.

09:39 PM

Louisiana Heads to Runoff

The Louisiana Senate race between Bill Cassidy (R) and Mary Landrieu (D) will head to December 6th runoff.

If the runoff focuses on amnesty, Obamacare and an authentic conservative, reform-oriented agenda, conservatives should do well.

09:28 PM

Shaheen Survives in New Hampshire

Despite a strong challenge, Sen. Shaheen survives in New Hampshire.

New Hampshire nearly turned into the upset of the 2014 cycle.  Brown found success by running on conservative issues like Obamacare and no candidate ran harder on stopping Obama’s planned executive amnesty.  Although independent and undecided voters broke his way, Shaheen managed to hang on.

09:08 PM

Sasse Wins in Nebraska

Although the outcome was never in doubt, tonight’s victory by Ben Sasse in Nebraska is encouraging. He’ll be a force in Washington, pushing for real solutions to the problems plaguing hardworking Americans.

09:02 PM

First call from the 9pm states:

Peters Wins in Michigan

Rep. Gary Peters easy win in Michigan is an example of a missed opportunity.

Even worse than running a stale, anti-Obama campaign is running big-government solution. Land flipped on several issues and abandoned her anti-Obamacare push down the stretch.

08:59 PM

Another thought on the Arkansas Senate race:


Another seven states close their polls at 9pm. We’ll keep you posted.

08:49 PM

08:36 PM

What was Cotton’s victory about? Obamacare.

Despite continued efforts to downplay the importance of Obamacare to the electorate, Cotton said it was the “single biggest issue” in the campaign.  While touting repeal Cotton also reminded voters that Pryor was the “deciding vote” for Obamacare.

08:31 PM

Rep. Tom Cotton has defeated Sen. Mark Pryor in Arkansas.

Pryor’s support for amnesty was a major issue in Arkansas.  Cotton said he “received more questions about immigration [while campaigning] than any other issue.”  He continually hammered Pryor as “out-of-touch with Arkansas” because he “voted for amnesty, citizenship for illegals.”

08:02 PM

Sessions Wins in Alabama
Although the outcome was never in doubt, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) 78% will return to the Senate. During his first three terms, he has been one of the strongest opponents of amnesty. Expect that fight to continue as Obama looks bypass Congress yet again!

07:54 PM

Closing a 8pm EST: Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Tennessee, Alabama, Kansas, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Dakota. Several of those won’t have results for quite some time.

07:36 PM

07:21 PM

Polls close in North Carolina and West Virginia in about ten minutes, at 7:30pm.

07:15 PM

The growing Republican majority in the House isn’t easy to characterize, but most ran strongly against amnesty and strongly against Obamacare. It will be a more conservative House.

07:09 PM

It appears that the race for US Senate in Virginia is too close to call.

07:05 PM

South Carolina Senator Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) 78% wins election to a full term.

07:02 PM

McConnell Wins in Kentucky
Sen. Mitch McConnell survived a strong challenge in Kentucky, now poised to become Senate Majority Leader.

06:51 PM

In ten minutes, polls close in Kentucky, Georgia, South Carolina, and Virginia.

02:57 PM

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11:59 AM

Sen. Reid is now objecting to Sen. Cruz’s unanimous consent requests. These are process-oriented requests.

Reid objected to a motion to move the vote on the bill up (i.e. closer to now) with “I want to get to this bill as fast as possible so I object.”

11:57 AM

“My plea to this body is that we listen to the American people, our constituents, and defund this law.”

11:51 AM

Big lines to watch Sen. Cruz:

11:49 AM

“For too long, Washington has not listened to the American people.” – Sen. Ted Cruz

Simple statement, but it’s surprising how different things would be if Washington acted on what Americans are saying.

11:41 AM

Now Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) 78% is asking Sen. Cruz about his unanimous consent requests.

11:39 AM

“I will yield to the Majority Leader for a question when he yields to the American people.” – Sen. Ted Cruz

11:38 AM

Sen. Cruz momentarily yielded to a question from Sen. Reid, but then when Sen. Reid launched into a speech, Sen. Cruz interrupted him and resumed his filibuster. He only has 20 minutes and isn’t interested in listening to Sen. Reid’s diatribe.

A bit of drama.

11:31 AM

Sen. Cruz is now thanking the floor staff for sticking with him through this filibuster.

Note that we’re hearing Sen. Cruz could continue until 1 p.m. if he stays on his feet:

11:28 AM

Sen. Cruz now describing the unanimous consent requests he wants to promulgate.

First: vitiate the cloture request and agree by unanimous consent to the motion to proceed to the bill.

Second: unanimous consent to schedule cloture on the bill on Friday, instead of Saturday. This would ensure the vote doesn’t occur on Saturday.

Third: unanimous request to delay the new legislative day from noon to allow the filibuster more time. This would begin the next legislative day at the conclusion of his remarks.

We’re looking at these requests, but the bottom line is that Sen. Cruz wants any amendments to be subject to a 60 vote threshold.

11:09 AM

Sen. Cruz now asking for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to come to the floor to hear his unanimous consent requests.

In the meantime, Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) 5% is now asking questions.

11:06 AM

Some great lines from Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) 73% as he helps with the filibuster:

“There are still people here who are willing to shut down the government unless this thing is fully funded.”

“Your taxpayer dollars are paying for this catastrophe.”

“The only way you can get relief from the negative impacts of this law is if you can hire a lobby to come up here and get you a waiver…that’s wrong.”

10:53 AM

The Green Eggs & Ham reading from last night is now in the Congressional Record:

10:47 AM

10:44 AM

Sen. Cruz has yielded to a question from Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) 73%:

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10:36 AM

The Blaze covers the moment when Sen. Cruz finally loosened his tie:

10:23 AM

10:20 AM

If you’re looking for just the right quote and picture from the last 18 hours of filibustering, we’ve posted ours to Facebook. Feel free to share your favorite in the comments.

10:08 AM

Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) 68% now asking Sen. Cruz a question.

10:05 AM

Don’t listen to the liberals saying that Sen. Cruz is wrong on the merits.

Chris Jacobs just posted this analysis to The Heritage Foundation’s blog:

Today the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a report regarding premiums and plan offerings in Obamacare’s exchanges for next year. Despite the Administration’s claims, premiums are going up due to Obamacare—and the quality of the “coverage” is, in many cases, going down.


09:52 AM

Sen. Cruz quoting former Sen. Phil Gramm’s quote on Hillary-care: “This’ll pass over my cold, dead political body.”

09:47 AM

09:45 AM

Good recap of what Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) 100% said last night:

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09:32 AM

09:30 AM

This is just a sample of the massive amount of coverage conservatives like you have helped Sen. Cruz earn:

09:25 AM

09:17 AM

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09:13 AM

Sen. Cruz yielded to a question from Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) 66% without yielding the floor. Now Sen. Inhofe is asking a question about using and abusing the rules of the Senate as the majority party.

09:02 AM

08:57 AM

“It’s about maintaining opportunity for those struggling to achieve the American dream.”

08:52 AM

08:42 AM

“The Star Wars franchise, discussion a rebellion against oppression. And I think that captures what is going on here.”

The Empire, of course, is the Washington DC Establishment.

Corny Darth Vader impression, sure, but a salient point.

08:21 AM


Ted Cruz cutting through Senate’s procedural stuff: “Nobody, if this were any other context, would make the argument that cloture is supporting the bill.”

via Heritage:

On Twitter, NBC’s Tom Curry pointed out pro-Obamacare Senators would vote alongside Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) 50% “So that Majority Leader Reid can offer a motion to strike the defund Obamacare provision from the [continuing resolution] CR & then vote on the clean CR.”

Curry is exactly right. If the Senate does vote to end debate, Reid will immediately move to strike the defunding language. Because of the nature of the Senate’s rules, Reid would not need 60 votes; he could do so with a bare majority of just 51 votes.

08:14 AM

Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) 51% giving Cruz a breather now, talking about fraud in the Obamacare exchanges. And yes, the Obamacare scams are already starting:

Even when it’s not malicious, the new Obamacare system—employing “navigators” who aren’t run through background checks or adequately trained—opens up a host of opportunities for identity theft. Last week, an employee of Minnesota’s insurance exchange (MNsure) emailed out the names and Social Security numbers of 2,400 insurance agents. The insurance broker who received the email said, “If this is happening now, how can clients of MNsure be confident their data is safe?”

08:08 AM

Sen. Cruz has been speaking since 2:41 p.m. yesterday and he’s still going strong. This live blog has been through two authors in that time!

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It is after midnight in Washington, DC.  #MakeDCListen continues here.

11:55 PM

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11:40 PM

We’ve reached nine hours…and Cruz is calling for full and open debate…

11:35 PM

Ted Cruz: “I would certainly agree this body should spend considerable time working and working together on positive, proactive health care reforms. To expand competition, empower patients. And I also agree with something else the senator from Virginia said which is we should not be threatening a government shutdown. I don’t want a government shutdown, I want the government to continue. I salute the House of Representatives for passing a Continuing Resolution that keeps the government funded. But it also defunds Obamacare and in my view, that is responsive to the suffering that so many millions of Americans are experiencing, to the loss of jobs, to being forced into part-time work, facing higher health insurance premiums, to losing their health insurance.”

11:27 PM

11:15 PM

Unofficial transcript of important Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) 100% comments from earlier this evening:

“There have been those who have argued that if you want to support the continuing resolution passed by the house of representatives … that you must vote yes on the cloture vote on the bill.  Well, that’s an interesting take on it because notwithstanding the fact that some in my party have been making that suggestion, it’s anticipated that… senator reid and 53 democratic allies — as i understand, will all be voting for cloture on that bill. That begs the question, are those same people who are suggesting that if you support the house — the house-passed continuing resolution, the one that funds government, keeps government funded while defunding obamacare — that you would have to vote yes on cloture on the bill, does that mean that harry reid and the 53 democrats likely to follow him are supporting the house-passed continuing resolution, the one that keeps government funded while defunding obamacare? I find that a little strange. I find it a little counter intuitive…”

11:12 PM

11:11 PM

Sen. Ted Cruz: “The unintended consequence of Obamacare is that it has hammered economic growth…it is hurting the very people it was supposed to help.”

11:01 PM

10:52 PM

Ted Cruz calling out senators in Arkansas, Louisiana and North Carolina, but big caveat: “You and I know that there is no incentive for Democrats to come join us when we are divided…throwing rocks at us…”

10:43 PM

At the eight hour mark:

10:40 PM

Ted Cruz echoes new Tim Carney piece, saying “we’ve seen the democratization of information.”

Via Carney:

Mike Needham, president of Heritage Action, compares the recent changes in political dynamics to the changes in music after the Internet and Napster. In the mid-1990s, the big record labels benefited by being a bottleneck through which listeners had to get music. The Internet has democratized the distribution of music, and the oligopoly of the large labels has crumbled.

Senators and congressmen used to have a near-monopoly on explaining Congress to their constituents. They could say they were trying to repeal Obamacare, while really they were casting symbolic votes and walking away from any real fights.

Heritage Action, FreedomWorks, Club for Growth, and the Senate Conservatives Fund, like Napster, use technology to smash that bottleneck. Now lawmakers can’t control what their constituents hear anymore.

Cruz’s speeches and parliamentary moves may not make a dent in Obamacare, but Cruz may force senators to listen harder to their constituents.

10:35 PM

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) 100% asks, “If Senator Reid has 53 Democrats going along with him, doesn’t that under cut the argument…?


Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) 50% told Politico he would “vote to end debate on it, because [he likes] the policy.” But there is just one small problem: The vote is not on the underlying policy, but rather the procedure Reid has dictated. On Twitter, NBC’s Tom Curry pointed out pro-Obamacare Senators would vote alongside Sen. Corker “So that Majority Leader Reid can offer a motion to strike the defund Obamacare provision from the [continuing resolution] CR & then vote on the clean CR.”

Curry is exactly right. If the Senate does vote to end debate, Reid will immediately move to strike the defunding language. Because of the nature of the Senate’s rules, Reid would not need 60 votes; he could do so with a bare majority of just 51 votes.

10:22 PM

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) 100% now on the floor talking about the local impact of Obamacare.  Easy for people in Washington to forget Obamacare is impacting real people in real ways outside of Washington.

10:16 PM

Sen. Ted Cruz: “The biggest losers under Obamacare are young people…it is difficult to design a bill that does more damage to young people than Obamacare.”

10:09 PM

Sen. Ted Cruz thanks Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) 92%, Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC) 82%, and Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) for being in the Senate tonight. Then asks, “where’s the Senate?”

10:05 PM

While reading tweets on the Senate floor, Sen. Ted Cruz observes “We’re the employees. Yet a lot of people in this body think we’re the bosses.”

09:42 PM

Officially past seven hours…

09:35 PM

Ted Cruz truly is anti-establishment: “I don’t particularly enjoy cocktail parties anyway.”

09:34 PM

You have your coffee ready?

09:28 PM

Sen. Ted Cruz with an uncomfortable truth: “The system is designed, deliberately, to hide what we’re doing… and that benefits members of this body…”

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09:20 PM

Here’s an eloquent rebuttal from Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) 5%: “you are just plain wrong.”

Then Sen. Cruz re-stated the simple facts.

09:12 PM

Sen. Cruz rightly points out the premise behind Sen. Durbin’s question: that Washington can fix all of an individual’s problems. Not only can Washington not fix all problems, its fixes tend to work in the opposite of their intended direction. A functional economy and working health insurance market would allow someone to buy health insurance. Obamacare is wrecking both, and thus raising the cost of health insurance.

09:10 PM

09:08 PM

In this Q&A between Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 94% and Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) 5%, we’re seeing something close to real debate on the Senate floor. After six hours.

09:03 PM

Now, surprisingly, Se. Cruz yielded to a question from Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) 5%.

09:00 PM


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08:41 PM

C-SPAN2 is showing Tweets from viewers in the bottom half of the screen. Tweet to #cspanchat to get yours in line.

08:33 PM

Now Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) 66% is asking a question. Sen. Cruz yielded to the question without yielding the floor. Sen. Inhofe is talking about the costs of Obamacare and how it can be stopped.

08:30 PM

08:22 PM

Sen. Cruz now discussing what happens/doesn’t happen in a shutdown. Read the details from our colleagues at Heritage here.

If President Barack Obama “shuts down” the government by vetoing a continuing resolution (CR) that funds all government operations with the exception of Obamacare, or the Senate fails to pass such a CR, crucial services will continue without interruption. That includes all services essential for national security and public safety—such as the military and law enforcement—as well as mandatory government payments such as Social Security and veterans’ benefits.

08:12 PM

Sen. Cruz read Green Eggs & Ham and it instantly became a trending topic on Twitter.

Now Sen. Michael Enzi (R-WY) 57% is asking a question, after complimenting Sen. Cruz on the excellent reading of the Dr. Seuss story.

08:10 PM

“My angels I love you with all your heart. It’s bedtime, so wash your faces and give Mommy a kiss. Daddy will be home soon to read to you in person.”

Bedtime for daughters is 8:10 p.m. EST. Sen. Cruz presses on in his filibuster.

08:04 PM

Sen. Cruz now reading Green Eggs & Ham as a bedtime story to his daughters.

08:00 PM

Sen. Cruz is in his fifth hour. He paused in reading an article about the impact of Obamacare on 20-somethings to read a bedtime story to his young daughters. This is precious.

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07:44 PM

“If you were trying to design a law to hurt young people, Obamacare, you couldn’t do better than that.”

“It’s created a lost generation.”

07:41 PM

07:34 PM

This list of companies that cut employee hours because they couldn’t afford Obamacare’s mandates should be surprising. From school districts to colleges to Sea World, this list should be causing the Senate to act.

07:24 PM

It’s pretty simple: Americans all over the country are losing their jobs or health coverage, and the Senate needs to act.

“If this body were listening to the American people, we’d have 100 Senators here.”
-Sen. Ted Cruz

07:17 PM

07:13 PM

Defund Obamacare because…
…it’s killing jobs.
…it’s forcing small businesses to lay people off.
…a majority of Americans don’t want Obamacare.

07:11 PM

Now Sen. Cruz is reading your Tweets. He’s using Tweets from the hashtag #DefundObamacare and #DefundObamacareBecause.

07:03 PM

06:55 PM

Sen. Lee is right. In order to stand behind conservatives in the House, Senators must carefully handle the continuing resolution they passed. Giving it an up-or-down vote or having a real amendment process would work. The problem is Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) 13% wants to use procedural gimmicks to have only his amendment considered, and at the lowest possible vote threshold.

06:49 PM

And now Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) 100% is asking Sen. Cruz a question. He’s taking a tactic Sen. Cruz used during the #StandWithRand filibuster a few months ago: reading supportive Tweets and Tweeted questions, all from the hashtag #makeDClisten. (We’ve posted that stream of Tweets lower on this page.)

06:46 PM

Sen. Cruz is talking about how Obamacare will crush the aspirations of people wanting to get their piece of the American dream. Today’s Morning Bell from our colleagues at Heritage is right on point:

06:42 PM

Sen. Cruz is back on CSPAN. He’s been talking since 2:41 EST, making this the beginning of the 5th filibuster hour.

Taking a principled stand gets noticed. He’s still trending on Twitter, still driving the discussion across Capitol Hill.

06:34 PM

“That job you wanted may not be created now because of Obamacare.”
-Sen. Marco Rubio

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06:26 PM

Sen. Cruz has yielded to a question from Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) 73%.

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06:02 PM

05:53 PM

Sen. Cruz yielded to a question from Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) 78%. This means Sen. Sessions gets to talk for a bit, asking a question, while Sen. Cruz can take a short break. Sessions is talking about how Senate Democrats favor single-payer health care but don’t advance it as policy.

05:50 PM

“The cloture vote we take tomorrow or Thursday will be the most important vote I have taken… because it goes fundamentally to the question: will we respond to the suffering Obamacare is causing?”

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05:43 PM

Sen. Cruz yielded to a question, but not the floor, to a question from Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) 51%.

05:36 PM

If Obamacare were marketed honestly, this is what they’d say:


05:32 PM

“What the American people would like to see is us stand up and say what we’re for. We’re for a free market, we’re for giving people what they want for a lower price.”

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05:28 PM

Sen. Cruz yielded to Sen. Rand Paul for a question. Sen. Cruz still has the floor, but Sen. Paul can talk for bit as he asks a question to Sen. Cruz.

05:24 PM

“People are seeing, on the ground, that this law isn’t working. And DC isn’t listening.”

“Republicans seem willing to say ‘we will take lots and lots of symbolic votes against Obamacare, yet there is nothing we can do.'”

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05:12 PM

Get your questions asked on the Senate floor by tweeting at Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) 85%:

05:06 PM

“For many years now, elected officials in both parties have refused to listen to the American people.”

05:00 PM

“Among small businesses that will be impacted by the employer mandate, one half of small businesses say they will cut hours to reduce full time employees or replace full time employees with part time workers to avoid the mandate. 24% say they will reduce hiring.”

“That is a disaster for small businesses. That is a disaster for jobs. It’s a disaster for American families that are struggling.”

“The majority of small businesses, 66%, do not have plans to hire next year.”

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04:47 PM

As Sen. Cruz talks about his dad’s experience emigrating to the United States, take a look at this video. Rafael Cruz asks you to take action and defund Obamacare (starting after the two minute mark):

04:42 PM

Senate conservatives owning the media:

04:38 PM

“If you’re just a hard working American, then the message this President has sent, and sadly the message the Senate has sent is you don’t count… Mr. President, that is exactly backwards.  It is the hard working Americans we work for.”
– Sen. Ted Cruz

04:33 PM

This is why he’s been talking for two hours with no end in sight:

“Americans continue to suffer from high unemployment and severe underemployment.”

“Small businesses in particular are being hammered by Obamacare.”

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04:21 PM

“What does it say that Obamacare is such a disaster that congressional staffers…would be willing to quit because the quality of health care under Obamacare would be so poor that they’d rather go someplace else?”

“If this body is willing to leave the American people under these rules, than we’d better be willing to abide by them too.”

04:12 PM

04:10 PM

Sen. Cruz just yielded to a question from Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) 68% without yielding the floor.

Sen. Vitter asked about the Congressional exemption for Obamacare.

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03:55 PM

“This nation was founded by we the people. That is the only place sovereignty has ever resided in the United States of America.”

“Thomas Jefferson referred to the Constitution as chains that bind the mischief of government.”

“For some time the United States Senate has behaved as if the rules that matter are the rules that are here in Washington DC. That is why the most important objective of this week is to make DC listen.”

“Calls from our constituents, town halls, are not a pesky annoyance: it is the core of our job.”

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Sen. Mike Lee talking about the unpopular, 20,000 page law: Obamacare.

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03:42 PM

Sen. Lee is talking right now, asking a series of questions to Sen. Cruz and thus giving him a break.

This could be the best quote from the first hour of Sen. Cruz’s filibuster:

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03:38 PM

For the first time in an hour, Sen. Cruz yields to a question. Without yielding the floor, Cruz can let Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) 100% ask a series of questions on the topic.

03:34 PM

“Regardless of the rocks that will be thrown, I have no intention of engaging in that game, no intention of speaking ill about any Senator, Democrat or Republican…this isn’t about personality. It’s about the substance. Is Obamacare good for America?”

03:30 PM

“This week is about voting with Harry Reid to fully fund Obamacare.”

We agree and are putting that vote on our scorecard:

03:23 PM

Ted Cruz Says Obamacare is a Job Killer

03:21 PM

“Today I’ve heard multiple Senators complain: too many phone calls from my constituents. What a remarkable complaint!”

03:17 PM

“Every small business that has an opportunity to expand and isn’t expanding because of Obamacare, that’s a job opportunity you’re not going to get.”

“If we listened to our constituents and acted to avert this train wreck…”

“This fight is about ensuring that the American people have a voice. It’s about ensuring that those who are struggling have a voice.”

03:15 PM

03:13 PM

“A lot of folks in Washington are angry we’re even having this is usually the case, the Senate floor is empty. Everyone’s schedules are too busy to stop Obamacare.”

03:09 PM

Consensus says: “You can’t win. Winning is a two dimensional strategy. You’ve gotta be more nuanced than that.”

Consensus says: “You can’t defund Obamacare.”

03:07 PM

Four of the top ten trending Twitter terms

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03:03 PM

“Three and a half years ago the labor unions were enthusiastically supporting Obamacare…this year, one labor union after another after another saying: whoa this thing isn’t working.”

“…James Hoffa, president of the Teamsters, saying Obamacare is destroying the forty hour work week, hurting the heart of the American middle class…”

02:55 PM

As Sen. Cruz talks procedure, read the details of Harry Reid’s procedural tricks here:

Curry is exactly right. If the Senate does vote to end debate, Reid will immediately move to strike the defunding language. Because of the nature of the Senate’s rules, Reid would not need 60 votes; he could do so with a bare majority of just 51 votes.

02:53 PM

“Our leaders are asking us to cut off debate on this bill before we even know what’s in it.”

02:50 PM

02:44 PM

He intends to protest Obamacare until he can no longer stand.

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02:43 PM

It begins: “I rise today in opposition to Obamacare.”

02:44 PM

King: the message is, to the Supreme Court, that when it’s Constitutional, it is Constitutional.

02:38 PM

Surprise: Rep. Steve King now speaking!

02:28 PM

Rep. Bachmann: justices must decide if government is still limited and individual freedom is still relevant.

02:26 PM

Many in the crowd still on phone with their Rep’s offices as we await Bachmann.

02:25 PM

Rally winding down, music plays as we wait for Rep. Michele Bachmann

02:20 PM

Tim Phillips giving out the House number now, asking crowd for calls.

02:19 PM

02:16 PM

“We’ve been having these rallies for two years and we’re not gonna stop until that bill is deader than a doornail!”

02:16 PM

AFP State Director for North Carolina, Dallas Woodhouse speaking now. What an accent!

02:14 PM

Penny Nance, CEO of Concerned Women for America, calls to preserve liberty!

02:13 PM

Speaker from Canada says to consider the lines and waits for their rationed care, and don’t follow their centralized health example.

02:10 PM

Combination of political leaders, like Senators Jim DeMint, Ron Johnson, and Rand Paul, and real Americans makes for a very powerful series of stories.

02:06 PM

Jim Martin, from the 60 Plus Association speaking now. “Nancy Pelosi” draws jeers.

01:46 PM

Massive cheers “give me liberty or give me death”

01:45 PM

Brent Bozell drawing huge cheers asking if the crowd believed the administration. Resounding “NO”

01:30 PM

Paul Ryan and Ron Johnson saying that accountability key for Washington to make better decisions. Both call for repeal.

01:22 PM

01:15 PM

Mrs. Walsh, a breast cancer survivor speaking about how private health care worked for her. How bureaucrats will one day say that treatments like hers may be ruled out due to not being “cost effective.”

Rationing endangers all, no matter what they call it.

01:15 PM

01:12 PM

Huge crowd, two thousand maybe, with more streaming in.

12:58 PM

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Live video stream from our friends at AFP here:

02:55 PM

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02:51 PM

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02:41 PM

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02:41 PM

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50 thoughts on “Live Updates: Sen. Cruz’s Filibuster to Defund Obamacare

  1. Good Going Sen. Cruz, It’s a shame the entrenched Career Politicians have not grown a pair and join you. If my two (R) Senators do not support you I will do my best to ensure they are retired.

  2. I believe that members of both houses of congress seem to forget a small fact. They work for US, and are supposed to do what is good for the country. They are NOT there to bicker, make deals, and play politics. The entire two party system is flawed in this very basic and primal way. They spend too much time trying to pooch each other over, and not enough actually working for the people who put them there. ObummerCare is illegal, unconstitutional and just a bad idea, like most of Obummer’s. It never should have been enacted in the first place. Maybe if we started paying Congress by the hour, and made their pay based also on job performance, we would see some improvement. In any other job on the planet, they would have been fired years ago. I know one thing. I’m not voting for any incumbent that has anything to do with assisting Obummer and his cronies in any of their facist programs.

  3. I am in KY right now, and listening to the McConnell ads touting his opposition to Obamacare, as he stabs all of America in the back with the real fact that he is funding it!!! Maddening.

  4. Further, the senators I called – Cornyn, Grassley, McConnell, Toomey, McCain – all have their phones full, aren’t taking messages, turned a deaf ear to their constituents… The only one that even had a staffer answer was Susan Collins, and God knows she won’t be a bellweather / beacon for hope.

  5. If, and only if, the President, Congress and labor unions sign on to “Obama Care” with the same costs (that’s right, costs–start paying for your own health insurance instead of your free ride off the backs of the tax payers) limits and restrictions the rest of us will have, I will support it.

    • No one exempt will not make me support it because it is unmanageable as everything Obama does and/or wants, raises rates from 40 to l00% and if your employer shortens your hours or lets you go, you cannot keep your insurance because you don’t have the hours or the job!

  6. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Sr. Cruz BECAUSE YOU CARE about America and Americans. You are not liked because you believe in America and the Constitution and the RINOS can’t stand that because you will be upsetting their applecart! The Demos should be half as smart and get rid of Reid who acts as their dictator, and Boehner because he is a Demo in disguise as a Repub. They need to go! Keep your strength up and filibuster until the cows come home because we are with you today and every day!

    • Technically… Because of the number of times he has abused the power of the executive order to do an end run around congress and the American people, I think the term dictator more aptly fits Broke Obummer himself…. The thing is we need to get rid of EVERY member of congress that supports any of his ego trip projects. Election day can’t come soon enough for me…

      • I feel the very same way but look how the last election turned out. What do we have to do to get people up off their rear ends and get out and vote their beliefs? I just could not believe that Obama won re-election and look how many people just flocked to the polls and voted for him. That was the most disturbing thing – all people did was talk and didn’t follow through with the vote. Also why didn’t they win back the Senate when they had the chance. Even the evil Harry Reid won re-election. People just cannot be this stupid.

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  8. Too busy to defund Obamacare? The president slammed the House as “messing with him.” What a narcissistic, out-of-touch, ego-driven response! The House listened to the voters. Recent polls show >60% (ABC poll) of Americans don’t want this job-killing, part-time forcing, lied-about bill. Healthcare costs have and are skyrocketing; even the union bosses who once supported the president have reminded him how devastating it is for their workers. Senators, you vote to represent the people or you will indeed be voted out. This is not about your agenda or party lines, though you might want it to be. It is about the citizens of this nations. This bill is a train wreck and you have indeed the option of keeping the government running and funded EXCEPT for the ACA. Stop the games and name-calling. Grow the hell up, senators and represent us!

    • Please remember which Repulicans are fighting Ted Cruz head on and are not helping defund.Obamacare. One would think they were in league with the Democrats.

    • If only the Democratic Senate cared about the country and acknowledge that our commander in chief is pushing us in the wrong direction it would make all the difference in the world – would be no question at all that Obamacare should be defunded.

  9. I don’t see how twitter helps get the message to the Senators. Frankly, I hate twitter, but I do know how to e-mail. Each senator has a web site and a facebook presence. So if you don’t tweet, there are other alternatives. You can also look up contact data fast on

  10. My prayers are with you Senator Ted, so proud of you and thank you so much for going the full mile for We The People. We are standing with you and would be there to help you anyway we could. Hold strong, please, we need you, we need more good people like you in our Congress and White House. We are thanking God today for you, Mike Lee and Rand Paul. You are doing exactly what Texas sent you to DC to do. I wish we had someone in MD that could hold up to you, but our Senators could not carry your shoes. I am so looking forward to see Obama and Reid’s black eye tomorrow. We love you Ted.

  11. Please, please, please take it all the way for America!!! Forget the other GOP idiots who do not have any idea that they, too, were elected to get rid of Obamacare!!! They are really spineless and like Karl Rove – this is our chance to stand up and mean what we say!!! Let’s roll!!!!!

  12. Throw Obama-Care in the trash, it’s Unconstitutional and the working Americans of this great nation never wanted it.
    If put to a VOTE in all 50 states it would go down in Flames.
    After voting down this evil, UnAmerican, abomination which will further bankrupt our nation…we want impeachment proceedings for this so called American President for requesting to supply the enemies of the USA with arms over in Syria. If I was 1941 and a president wanted to supply arms to our enemies, he would be tried and then shot for treason against our nation. Obama is saying do as I say in our nations laws, but not as I will do! He might a well say “Let them eat cake”…

  13. Ted, we need about 99 more like you in the senate to stop these left-wing radicals -on both sides of the isle- from destroying this country. Compromise is THE reason we are in this mess. Too many Eunuchs on the REP. side! So glad to have voted for you in this last great state of TX! God Bless you.

  14. Obamacare for Obama & Family! Obamacare for Congress! Obamacare for the Justice in the Supreme Court! Obamacare for ALL Federal Employees. Obamacare For All Union Workers! MAKE IT FAIR!!!!! ( Then let’s see how fast it gets Defunded!)

  15. America has so many problems but the main two are Democrats and RINO’s. Oh for the day to have patriotic leaders again instead of gutless politicians who force upon us what they would not dare have for themselves or their families! Follow the money on Obamacare and you will see why it is the law of the land. Many of our illustrious politicians stand to make fortunes on this horrendous bill while the rest of us suffer. These people must be removed from power!

  16. Fully defund Obamacare please, you senators supporting this disastrous health care bill know that you don’t want it for you and your families. Yet you are so willing to cram it down our throats without a majority vote. Since when did that process become the norm for our country? You senators won’t be in office forever, your families may at some point be sujected to the same you are trying to push on us, have you no shame or conscience?

  17. I support Senator Ted Cruz the health Care bill is just like gun control it’s all about “CONTROL” ! The government is already telling us what we can or can’t say, do or not do, spitting on our religious belief’s and trying to even tell us what we can or can’t eat. This Governement is starting to look like North Korea !

  18. I wholeheartedly stand firm with Sen Ted Cruz to defund the abomination that is Obamacare. This job-killer will bankrupt our country and Obama knows it.

  19. I am 100% behind Senator Cruz! I have been on the phone all morning calling
    Republican Senators, and I can’t get through to most of them. I am so disappointed with Senator Cornyn who is actively working against Senator Cruz. I will remember this the next time your up for a vote, Sen. Cornyn. Stop opposing Sen. Cruz and get behind him!

  20. Yeah Senator Cruz, I support you. I called my Senators in AZ, I left a message for Senator Flake. I couldn’t leave a message for McCain as his phone box was full both in Washington DC and AZ. I hope both of my Senators get the message. I emailed both of them with my views. My messages to both of them were respectful, but believe me I have a lot of four letter words for my Senators if they don’t support Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee.

  21. The cost is essentially a tax. If it were not a tax the government couldnt force you to pay it. Since it IS a tax, it MUST originate in the House of Representatives.

    When those who thought they were getting something for nothing (CHEAP INSURANCE) now find out their hours will all be cut to 28 per week so their large, successful employers can avoid paying their insurance premiums they will lose everything. Their homes, cars, everything will go. Especially those who are just barley hanging on while still working a 40 hour work week.
    And, if they dont pay for their insurance, them, along with their families who can also not pay, will wind up in the civilian concentration camps. Some may like that free medical and food. There is only one problem, YOU CANT LEAVE and Obama signed an Executive order stating he can hold you for TEN YEARS without a hearing or trial. Hope you Obamacare supporters are ready for that. And now, in addition to buying over a billion rounds of military ammo, they are clearing large tracts of land near the concentration camps and buying hundreds of thousands of plastic coffins which will hold five bodies each. Who do you think they are going to use that ammo against?

  22. If Obamacare isn’t stopped, I need to know only one thing. What’s my expiration Date? So, I can get the hell out of Dodge.

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