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With vote looming, Cruz ends marathon Senate speech

WASHINGTON (AP) — Freshman Senator Ted Cruz’s all-night talkathon to dismantle President Barack Obama’s health care law ended Wednesday after 21 hours, 19 minutes. The end came before a test vote the tea party conservative was sure to lose.

As Cruz’s speaking time was nearing its end, he offered to skip the initial vote and shorten debate on the underlying stopgap spending bill that’s required to avert a government shutdown after midnight on Monday. The Senate’s top Democrat said the vote would go ahead as planned.

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