“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.”
Lee has joined Sen. Ted Cruz (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 Reid (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.