Senate Moves Ahead With Spending Plan


By Paul Johnson

Washington D.C. ( CNN) - The Senate voted unanimously on Wednesday to move ahead on a spending plan needed to avoid a government shutdown next week, with Republicans, including Sen. Ted Cruz, unexpectedly reversing themselves after previously trying to block the measure over their objection to spending for Obamacare.
He read the children's book "Green Eggs and Ham," impersonated Darth Vader and recited a detailed history of risks faced by the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence.

More than 21 hours after he started, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas on Wednesday finally ended his oral assault on Obamacare -- an all-night blend of political rhetoric and emotional pleas for all of his GOP colleagues to join him in blocking any government funding for the health care reforms.

Cruz and other tea party conservatives want to prevent the Senate from taking up the spending measure passed last week by the GOP-controlled House that makes continued government funding contingent on cutting all money for Obamacare.

The Democratic-controlled Senate plans to restore funding for the health care reforms that were established under the signature legislation of President Barack Obama's first term -- the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010 and upheld by the Supreme Court last year.

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