POSTED: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 5:18pm
UPDATED: Saturday, September 28, 2013 - 12:34am
(KETK) — Sen. Ted Cruz tried his best to stop it but the Senate will move forward with the temporary spending bill.
Cruz began his long speech on the Senate floor Tuesday afternoon.
21 hours of protest against ObamaCare, throwing in quotes from children's books and TV shows like Duck Dynasty to fill time.
"Anyone who votes to cut off debate on this bill is voting to allow senate majority leader Harry Reid to fully fund ObamaCare. That's a vote I think is a profound mistake," said Cruz.
He also had a hand from some of his fellow colleagues like Sen. Marc Rubio and Mike Lee asking him questions and support from Rep. like Louie Gohmert.
But despite hours of protest from Cruz., the Senate voted to debate the temporary spending bill.
They will now begin a series of votes to approve their own version of the government funding bill, and then send it back to the house.
Sen. Cruz urged the Senate to vote against supporting the bill- and risk a government shut down.
But, Republican Senators John Cornyn and Mitch McConnell disagree with Sen. Cruz's tactics.
"The only disagreement is about the matter of tactics how to best advance the ball toward that goal," said Cornyn.
In an interview with KETK, Sen. Cornyn said he does not support a government shut down.
Cornyn said he wants to protect the Republicans from being blamed by the Democrats.
"All republicans in the Senate certainly and virtually all Republicans in their House are in favor of defunding ObamaCare and stopping it from creating a hardship on the American people."
All 100 senators voted to push the bill forward, and now Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is expected to strip the defund ObamaCare language.
The amended bill will go back to the House, giving lawmakers a couple hours to make a decision.