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Senator speaks for 21 hours hoping to filibuster Obamacare


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Senator speaks for 21 hours hoping to filibuster Obamacare

By Rebecca Lewis. CREATED Sep 25, 2013

Washington (KTNV) -- Once again Congress is facing a deadline, and of course it comes with bi-partisan fights and schemes.

A Texas senator spoke for 21 hours and 19 minutes, but technically it was not a filibuster.

Republican Ted Cruz started talking Tuesday afternoon just before 3 p.m. and did not stop until Wednesday at noon.

His goal was to delay a vote on a government spending bill and de-funding of the affordable health care act known as ObamaCare.

However, Cruz's speech just delayed the inevitable.

The Senate is already moving forward to pass the temporary spending bill.

Cruz's speech was the fourth longest in senate history.

The late senator from Thurmond, a republican from South Carolina set the record when he filibustered the Civil Rights Act in 1957.

He spoke for 24 hours and 18 minutes.

Rebecca Lewis

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Rebecca Lewis is currently an Interactive Web Editor for and KTNV Mobile.