In the meantime, the talk should at least be interesting. Under an agreement reached Monday, Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea GOP state lawmakers meet to plan possible constitutional convention 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 McConnellSenate passes 0B defense bill Overnight Health Care: New GOP ObamaCare repeal bill gains momentum Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea 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 MikulskiGore wishes Mikulski a happy birthday at 'Inconvenient Sequel' premiere Bipartisan friendship is a civil solution to political dysfunction Dems press for paycheck fairness bill on Equal Pay Day MORE (D-Md.) and Cruz.