Cruz has been speaking out against funding ObamaCare for more than 14 hours as a way to encourage their colleagues not to allow a government funding bill that includes spending for ObamaCare.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidSanders and Schumer are right: Ellison for DNC chair The Hill's 12:30 Report Hopes rise for law to expand access to experimental drugs 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.

Paul filibustered the Senate in March in order to get the administration to vow not to use drones against U.S. citizens.