“I definitely don’t want the Barry Manilow album … but that’s how we spend in the United States Congress,” Lee said. “That’s one of the reasons we’re having this debate now.”

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Lee said that, in order for Republicans to fund the government through mid-December, they are being forced to also fund ObamaCare.

Lee has joined Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzGOP senator: Leadership trying to 'jam' through ObamaCare repeal bill This week: Senate races toward ObamaCare repeal vote McConnell allies confident in healthcare win MORE (R-Texas) in speaking out against the healthcare measure for more than 10 hours as a way to encourage their colleagues not to allow a government funding bill that includes spending for ObamaCare.

Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidCharles Koch thanks Harry Reid for helping his book sales Warren cautions Dems against infighting Dems see surge of new candidates MORE (D-Nev.) is expected to advance H.J.Res. 59 with an amendment to remove the House language that defunds ObamaCare. A vote to end debate on the motion to proceed is expected Wednesday, and Cruz's actions cannot stop that from happening.

The government will shut down Oct. 1 if Congress doesn't approve some form of government funding measure.