Entering his sixth hour of extended remarks on defunding Obamacare Tuesday night, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) read two bed time stories to his two daughters in Texas who were watching their father on the Senate floor via CSPAN.
Cruz began by reading Bible passages from “King Solomon’s Wise Words,” and then compared the Affordable Care Act to the beloved Dr. Seuss story “Green Eggs and Ham,” which he read enthusiastically and in full.
“‘Green Eggs and Ham’ has some applicability, as curious as it may sound, to the Obamcare debate,” Cruz said after he finished, to a few audible chuckles from the Senate gallery.
Americans “did not like green eggs and ham, and they did not like Obamacare either,” he added. “They did not like Obamacare in a box, with a fox, in a house, with a mouse.”
Cruz, who began speaking at 2:41 p.m. ET on Tuesday, decried the Affordable Care Act, and was aided throughout the evening by Republican Sens. David Vitter (LA), Mike Lee (UT), Rand Paul (KY), Pat Roberts (KS), Jeff Sessions (AL), Marco Rubio (FL) and Mike Enzi (WY). But his remarks are not technically considered a “filibuster” because he is procedurally limited by a cloture vote scheduled to take place on Wednesday.
The junior senator from Texas also negotiated the terms of his speech with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) in advance, on Monday.
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