The Washington Times - September 25, 2013, 07:51AM

The ranking member on the House oversight committee said Sen. Ted Cruz’s 16-plus hour filibuster is all about the Texas Republican building momentum for a presidential bid in 2016.

Rep. Elijah Cummings, Maryland Democrat, said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that Mr. Cruz’s performance is “all about Cruz”


“I think Cruz is trying to run for president,” Mr. Cummings said.

Mr. Cruz is calling on his Republican colleagues in Congress to do everything they can to stop the funding of Obamacare — even if that edges the federal government toward the brink of a shutdown.

Mr. Cruz was elected to the Senate in 2012 and has become one of the most vocal critics of the Affordable Care Act, which the chamber passed in 2009 and President Obama signed into law in 2010.

But the effort is likely to fail.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Republican, plans to remove a provision from the continuing funding resolution that the House GOP sent over last week that defunded Obamacare.

Still, Mr. Cruz’s filibuster will likely bolster his stock within the tea party movement and among grassroots conservatives, who say that Mr. Cruz is right to take on the GOP establishment, which, they say, has made a habit of selling out small government principles.