Obama didn’t watch any of Cruz’s speech

September 25, 2013

White House press secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday that President Obama didn't watch any of Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-Texas) 21-hour, 19-minute marathon speech on the Senate floor.

In response to the speech, Carney didn't directly address Cruz's strategy to defund Obamacare.

"I would simply say that a family of four in Texas will have available to it the option of purchasing affordable health insurance for $57 per month," Carney said at the daily White House press briefing. "That is a good thing.”

The Senate has since moved forward with bringing the budget bill defunding Obamacare to the floor. A vote on cloture -- Cruz's chance to stop the bill with 41 votes -- is set to take place Friday or Saturday. That effort is not expected to succeed, as several of the 46 Senate Republicans have already said they will vote for cloture.

After that vote, Senate Democrats are set to restore Obamacare funding to the bill -- a vote that requires 51 votes rather than 60.

The bill will then return to the House, where leaders can either pass it or hold out for another option that defunds Obamacare.

If they cannot reach an agreement by Sept. 30, the government will shut down.

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