In the meantime, the talk should at least be interesting. Under an agreement reached Monday, Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Health Care: Trump eases rules on insurance outside ObamaCare | HHS office on religious rights gets 300 complaints in a month | GOP chair eyes opioid bill vote by Memorial Day HHS official put on leave amid probe into social media posts Trump, Pence to address CPAC this week 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.

But Cruz increasingly seems to be fighting an uphill battle. Late Monday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellLawmakers feel pressure on guns Bipartisan group of House lawmakers urge action on Export-Import Bank nominees Curbelo Dem rival lashes out over immigration failure 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 Ann MikulskiDems ponder gender politics of 2020 nominee Robert Mueller's forgotten surveillance crime spree Clinton: White House slow-walking Russia sanctions MORE (D-Md.) and Cruz.