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Tuesday
Sep242013

Cruz still cruzin’ at 10:41 p.m., could end if Reid accepts “open amendments subject to 60 vote threshold”

It’s amazing. Sen. Ted Cruz is still talking on the Senate floor in his not-a-filibuster speech. Cruz even offered Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) an olive branch of sorts.

 I tuned back in when Cruz was talking about politicians—I call what he was addressing talking out of both sides of your mouth. For Cruz, it’s all about honesty:

“Just stand up and tell people what you believe in.”

Cruz gave a nod to President Barack Obama, saying he respects him “a great deal. He is deeply committed to his principles…I think he believes genuinely, earnestly with all of his heart in government solutions…and redistribution of wealth…At the same time I believe the ideas the president believes in…are profoundly harmful…”

Chiding his own squishy party members perhaps, Cruz said, “Some politicians feel they care more about staying in office than fighting the fight.”

Then Cruz handed Reid an olive branch.

"We could end this debate tonight if the majority leader would come down…and if he would agree to pass the resolution to fund all of government [without Obamacare].

The second way to end this debate is to simply have the majority leader agree to have open amendments subject to a 60 vote threshold. We’ve seen vote after vote after vote with a 60 vote threshold."

He pointed to the debate over guns.

He also said Dems wouldn’t come over to join the Obamacare fight as long as Republicans were divided.

Republicans or Democrats haven’t seen this kind of leadership and commitment from a public official in a very long time. Similar leadership and commitment were seen in Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-Ky.) filibuster that ran 13 hours. Paul’s Senate website called the filibuster a success, a response to “the legality and constitutionality of the U.S. government using lethal force, including drone strikes, on Americans and in U.S. territory.”

Cruz continued his Wednesday evening speech by hitting on an issue Americans are keenly aware of-- Senate dysfunctionality:

“The only thing that’s going to change the dynamic in this body… is if the voice of the people become so loud that it can’t be ignored…Ultimately that’s how we win this fight; it comes down to the people.”

Around 10:56 p.m., Cruz jumped on the topic of Constitutional law and the separation of powers. He said those who claim Republicans can’t get anything done because they only control the U.S. House is “poppycock.”

He said when it comes to appropriations and the “power of the purse,” the House of Representatives has control. He said if he could pick one thing to control, it would be the House. On the questions of spending, the House of Representatives has preeminence. He said there’s no obligation to appropriate or fund a law if it isn’t working.

In response to the Democrat senator Tim Kane (Va.), Cruz said, “We should do tax reform to make policies personal and portable—in other words, health insurance would be more like car insurance.”

Kane of course defended Obamacare; the bill was created and passed by his Democrats.

A C-SPAN caption said Cruz started his speech at 2:41 p.m. The senator is required to stop speaking before the Senate takes a procedural vote on the temporary spending bill one hour after coming into session on Wednesday because, as we know now, Cruz isn’t filibustering. He’s just giving a way long speech.

(Filed by Kay B. Day/Sept. 24, 2013)

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