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

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Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidDems search for winning playbook Dems face hard choice for State of the Union response The Memo: Immigration battle tests activists’ muscle 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.

Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Regulation: Trump’s former chemical safety nominee leaving EPA | Senate confirms Powell as Fed chair | NTSB 'gathering information' on Tesla crash Overnight Cybersecurity: Mueller interviewed Sessions in Russia probe | Comey met investigators last year | Dems demand social media firms probe Russian bots | Missing FBI text messages anger Republicans Overnight Finance: Senate confirms Powell as Fed chair | Mulvaney declares 'new mission' for consumer bureau | Trump says solar tariffs will boost jobs MORE (R-Fla.) prompted Cruz’s comparison by saying the lack of urgency in the Senate to stop ObamaCare is like watching a horror movie.

“This lack of urgency about these issues is puzzling,” Rubio said. “It feels like those horror movies when you keep screaming at the screen, ‘Don’t go in there.’ You know what happens in those horror movies: The bad guy is behind the door.”

Cruz said an argument could be made that ObamaCare is more like movie serial killer Jason because the law is a “job killer.” But he also said the law could be more like Freddy because union bosses have compared it to a “nightmare” for Americans.