POSTED: Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 8:00am
UPDATED: Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 8:18am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — The deadline for major parts of the federal government to close their doors is rapidly approaching and there's been little progress.
There's a stalemate - four days before the government runs out of money.
After Republican Ted Cruz spent a whole day talking to prevent a vote that happened anyway, it looks like they're back at square one.
Ted Cruz finally sat down after 21 hours.
"This was all about elevating the debate in the public," said Senator Ted Cruz, Texas.
"It has been a big waste of time," said the Senate Majority Leader, Senator Harry Reid.
Now, the Senate is on track to pass a budget that'll likely include money for the Affordable Care Act.
That's sure to go nowhere in the House.
Democrats say they'll fight for it.
"Anything that diminishes the Affordable Care Act is not anything we want to support," said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California.
"We cannot rely on the Commander-in-Chief to negotiate," Rep. Joe Wilson, South Carolina.
Republicans are expected to counter with a budget that includes more things Democrats don't like - tax reform, approving the controversial Keystone Pipeline, or changes in Medicare and Social Security.
"This attitude of my way or the highway doesn't work," said Rep. Elijah Cummings, Maryland.
"I don't think it's gonna be pretty," said Rep. Brad Sherman, California.
It's still up in the air whether they can agree on a budget before Monday's shutdown deadline.
Then Tuesday, another key date - open enrollment for the new health insurance exchanges.
President Obama talks about that at a community college in Maryland today.
Republicans will likely put funding for health care on the back burner until next month's debt ceiling debate.