Sen. Cruz: I Will Speak ‘Until I Am No Longer Able to Stand’

By Melanie Arter | September 24, 2013 | 4:16 PM EDT

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) ( Starr)

( – Speaking on the Senate floor Tuesday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) vowed to speak “until I am no longer able to stand” in support of defunding Obamacare.

“I intend to speak in support of defunding Obamacare until I am no longer able to stand,” Cruz said in his speech, which began Tuesday afternoon around 2:40 pm Eastern time.

The Senate this week is taking up a continuing resolution that funds all of the government but defunds Obamacare. The current legislation funding the federal government expires on Sept. 30, the last day of the fiscal year. Congress must pass a new law to allow the administration to spend money after that.

“D.C. is using a rigged process to keep Obamacare funded, to keep this job-killing bill funded. And what they want to do fundamentally is ignore the men and women of America and keep up with business as usual,” said Cruz, adding that people wonder why Congress has such low approval ratings.

Cruz said the American people must demand that D.C. listens. “That’s what this fight is about. It is about ensuring that the American people have a voice,” he said.

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