“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 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) 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 ReidThe Memo: Trump pulls off a stone-cold stunner The Memo: Ending DACA a risky move for Trump Manchin pressed from both sides in reelection fight 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.