Schumer: People Should Try Green Eggs and Ham

By Melanie Arter | September 25, 2013 | 1:30 PM EDT

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) (AP Photo)

( – Speaking on the Senate floor Wednesday afternoon, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) expressed surprise that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) chose to read “Green Eggs and Ham” by Dr. Seuss during his 21-hour speech, because the point of the story could be applied to Cruz’s distaste for Obamacare.

“I was also surprised that he used the book ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ as he read to his daughters, because anyone who knows that book knows that the moral of that book is try something before you condemn it, you might actually like it,” Schumer said.

“The main character in 'Green Eggs and Ham' resisted eating green eggs and ham. Maybe if he were a senator, he’d speak on the floor for 21 hours, but then when he tasted green eggs and ham, he actually liked them. Maybe Senator Cruz, as the president’s health care bill goes into effect, you may actually find that you and your constituents actually like it,” Schumer added.

Cruz’s speech was not a filibuster, because it won’t delay Wednesday’s scheduled procedural vote on the continuing resolution to fund the government but defund Obamacare. His speech was a plea to Republicans to prevent Senate Democrats from being able to fund Obamacare on a straight, party-line vote.

The government is funded through Sept. 30 under the current CR, so another one must be approved authorizing the administration to spend money after that date.

Schumer called Cruz’s speech “a meaningless exercise” that was designed to urge his colleagues to “hold the American people hostage ‘til everyone agrees with his view.”