The Senate on Friday passed by a 54 to 44 vote a plan to keep the federal government open past Tuesday while maintaining Obamacare funding.
The vote in the Democratic-controlled Senate set up a showdown with the Republican-led House of Representatives. The House last week approved a stopgap budget that defunds the 2010 health care law. The Senate, by a 54 to 44 vote, put it back in Friday.
Senators from both parties have warned that keeping that provision defunding the health care law would lead to a partial government shutdown, since the Senate would not approve it and President Barack Obama would not sign it.
The Senate voted earlier Friday 79 to 19 to cut off debate and proceed to the final vote. Fifty-two Democrats, two independents and 25 Republicans backed the cutoff.