Tuesday, September 24th, 2014, 2:41 p.m. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) began a talk-a-thon on the floor of the United States Senate in opposition to The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) of 2010. Sen. Cruz spoke for several hours on a public stage aired by C-SPAN to vote against cloture. You may ask, what is cloture? Cloture is a senatorial process in which a time limit is put on debate and is one of the only ways to stop a filibuster. Still confused? The cloture rule–Rule 22–is the only formal procedure that Senate rules provide for breaking a filibuster. A filibuster is an attempt to block or delay Senate action on a bill or other matter. Under cloture, the Senate may limit consideration of a pending matter to 30 additional hours of debate.