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Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaking on the Senate floor at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Senate TV)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tea party conservative Sen. Ted Cruz on Tuesday vowed to speak in opposition to President Barack Obama’s health care law until he’s “no longer able to stand,” even though fellow Republicans privately urged him to back down from his filibuster for fear of a possible government shutdown in a week.

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