After 21 hours of talking - whether it was an official filibuster or not is still up for debate - Republican U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas departed the Senate floor Wednesday.
Cruz had been trying to stall a vote on a House bill and in the process, had hoped to defund Obamacare. Neither of those things happened. But Cruz played to his base of support by standing up for an issue unpopular among many conservatives – the Affordable Care Act.