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Politics

Republicans back off as Cruz persists with stall tactic

Colleagues see little reason to risk shutdown

WASHINGTON — Facing an increasingly likely defeat in his tangled procedural fight over funding the government, Senator Ted Cruz took to the Senate floor Tuesday and declared he would speak “until I cannot stand” to rally voters against the new health care law.

While the Senate appeared ready to override him in a preliminary vote scheduled for Wednesday, Cruz, a freshman Republican from Texas, pressed ahead hour after hour with his opposition, comparing his fight to efforts by leaders who stood against the Nazis, ended the Cold War, or started the American Revolution.

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