Senate defeats Cruz filibuster, passes bill that funds ObamacareSubmitted by emalvini on Fri, 09/27/2013 - 16:25
Senate defeats Cruz filibuster, passes bill that funds Obamacare
By Stephen Dinan-The Washington Times Friday, September 27, 2013
Senators from both parties linked arms to defy Sen. Ted Cruz, overcoming his attempt to filibuster the stopgap spending bill, which allowed Democrats to add back in full funding for Obamacare and power the bill through the chamber and sending it back to the House.
"This is it. Time is gone," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who said he will not negotiate with the House GOP anymore. "They need to accept what we just passed."
The 79-19 vote saw 25 Republicans join with all Democrats to advance the bill, easily overcoming Mr. Cruz and his allies who had argued this was the key point that would determine whether major parts of President Obama's health care law take effect next week.
Once that hurdle was cleared, the rest of the votes were preordained. The Senate waived budget rules, voted to strip out the Obamacare defunding on a 54-44 party line vote, and passed the bill.