Latest updates suggest that Federal Government shutdown 2013 may be averted as Senate is all set to vote to proceed with funding bill
In a move that could prevent the government shut down, the Senate voted to advance a controversial bill that defunds President Obama’s health-care law.
The voting following a 21 hour long speech given Sen. Ted Cruz in which while attacking the Affordable Care Act he sought public opposition to the health care law. The funding bill passed its first procedural hurdle in the Senate after 1.00 pm with the Senate now having 30 hours of debate time scheduled on the House bill.
Soon after he finished the speech, that saw no bathroom or food break, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) while lambasted Cruz for saying that Republican lawmakers had not fought hard enough to stop the health-care law before Congress passed it in March 2010, said: “We campaigned all over America last year to repeal and replace Obamacare. But much to my dismay, the people spoke . . . and they re-elected the president of the United States.”
Later following the procedural vote, the senators started a debate that touched their visions of the health-care law.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said: “Obamacare is just as bad as many of us said it would be, and it’s about to get a lot worse. The train is picking up speed, and there’s a bridge out ahead. . . . Basically this law is a complete mess. I urge the Democrats to get on the same page with the American people who were overwhelmingly opposing this law.”