Senate Closer to Final Vote to Avert Government Shutdown

Senate Closer to Final Vote to Avert Government Shutdown

The Senate moves closer to a final vote to avert a government shutdown but lawmakers continue to argue whether or not to defund Obamacare.
The Senate moves closer to a final vote to avert a government shutdown but lawmakers continue to argue whether or not to defund Obamacare.  One Republican Senator setting a record for his marathon address from the floor.

The Senate unanimously voted to move forward and debate a house-backed bill, which temporarily funds the government but strips funding away from Obamacare, a topic sparking a standoff between Republicans and Democrats.

"Obamacare is just as bad as many of us said it would be, and is turning out to be a lot worse."

"There are some working almost single-handedly for us into a government shutdown."

The vote followed a marathon addressed by Freshman Republican Senator Ted Cruz which drew applause.  He spoke for 21 hours through the night in a move to persuade his party to support the bill defunding Obamacare.

"We do not wish to allow Harry Reid and the Democrats to fund Obamacare."

However, many Democrats are infuriated by the Texas Senator's tactics, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid as he says, "For lack of a better way of describing this, it has been a big waste of time."

Republicans accuse President Obama of failing to compromise concessions on raising the debt ceiling which he wants for negotiations on Obamacare.  The White House is holding firm.

"He is and has always been serious about trying to find common ground."

Congress needs to compromise on a short term spending before the October 1st deadline to avert a partial government shutdown.  Several more votes are scheduled in the coming days.


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