In the meantime, the talk should at least be interesting. Under an agreement reached Monday, Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzDebbie Wasserman Schultz marks 10 years as breast cancer survivor Foreign agent registration is no magical shield against Russian propaganda Let Trump be Trump and he'll sail through 2020 MORE (R-Texas) will take to the floor to convince his colleagues to support language in the House bill that defunds ObamaCare. Cruz will speak sometime around 2:30 p.m.

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But Cruz increasingly seems to be fighting an uphill battle. Late Monday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP strategist donates to Alabama Democrat McConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees Brent Budowsky: A plea to Alabama voters MORE (R-Ky.) said he would oppose a filibuster of the resolution.

The Senate starts at 10 a.m., when some of the debate over the spending bill could take place.

Before noon, the Senate will consider and vote on the nomination of Todd Hughes to be a U.S. Circuit Judge for the Federal Circuit. Senators will break for their usual caucus lunches around noon before they return for remarks by Sen. Barbara MikulskiBarbara MikulskiClinton: White House slow-walking Russia sanctions Top Lobbyists 2017: Hired Guns Gore wishes Mikulski a happy birthday at 'Inconvenient Sequel' premiere MORE (D-Md.) and Cruz.