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Sen. Enzi helped Sen. Ted Cruz block Senate discussion of Affordable Care Act

Wyoming Republican Senator Mike Enzi helped Texas Senator Ted Cruz hold up the Senate floor for 21 hours as they discussed defunding the Affordable Care Act.

Ted Cruz needed allies in order to hold the Senate floor all day, night and into the morning. Senator Enzi was one of them. He took to the floor to give his friend a break, but also to argue for dismantling the ACA.  

Enzi says the short-term spending bill being debated that would keep the federal government's lights on until mid-November is no way to run the country. 

“It’s been a long time since we’ve got into details on trillions of dollars in spending and the health care is a part of that.” 

If Enzi and others hold out and delay the vote as long as possible, it will leave their House counterparts little time to act, so non-essential government workers might be told to stay home for at least a couple of days next week... Possibly even longer, unless a compromise can be reached. 

Based on Capitol Hill, Matt Laslo is a reporter who has been covering campaigns and every aspect of federal policy since 2006. While he has filed stories for NPR and more than 40 of its affiliates, he has also written for Rolling Stone, The Atlantic, Campaigns and Elections Magazine, The Daily Beast, The Chattanooga Times Free Press, The Guardian, The Omaha World-Herald, VICE News and Washingtonian Magazine.

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