His effort to block the Affordable Care Act in the Senate appears to be a lost cause, but Sen. Ted Cruz took to the Senate floor Tuesday afternoon promising to do everything he can to destroy the President's health care law.
“ I intend to speak in support of defunding Obamacare until I am no longer able to stand,” Cruz said.
Cruz stepped down from the podium shortly before noon Wednesday, after 21 hours of a symbolic filibuster of the health care overhaul. Cruz's efforts aren't being considered a true filibuster because he's was not stopping the Senate from moving forward with business.
The Senate is on track to vote in the next few days to strip language from the House's stopgap spending plan that would defund the Affordable Care Act.
The wild card is whether the House goes along with the move - or decide to shut down the government. Top economists told a Senate Panel on Tuesday that a short-term shutdown wouldn't devastate the economy.
The bigger problem, they warned, would be if lawmakers failed to reach an agreement to raise the debt limit in mid-October.
The fight over the debt ceiling promises to be just as intense as the fight over government funding, and again it’s focused on health care. House Republicans say they will raise the debt limit only if Obamacare is delayed for a year.
Democrats have vowed to block that effort, too. And they say the political squabbling is causing uncertainty that is bad for the economy. Republicans say the President's policies are causing harm, too.
“Isn't it true that the uncertainty over the Obamacare health care thing is impacting employment and businesses in a rather significant way in America?” said Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama.
All of this means is that these fights are going to come down the wire with no clear sign of how they'll end.