U.S. Senate Agrees to Speed Consideration of Spending Bill
The U.S. Senate is poised tomorrow to begin consideration of an amendment to restore funding for the President Barack Obama’s signature health-care law as part of legislation to fund the government past Sept. 30.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid proposed an amendment to restore the health-care funding and to pay for government operations through Nov. 15, a month shorter than the funding expiration date in the measure the House passed Sept. 20.
Reid, a Nevada Democrat, also moved to limit debate on the measure, setting up a Sept. 27 vote on that motion. The move came after Republicans -- notably Senator Ted Cruz of Texas -- yielded back time for debate on taking up the bill, and it sets up a final vote for Sept. 28 at the latest.
Cruz spoke for more than 21 hours yesterday and today in opposition to the 2010 health-care law, vowing to do what he can to block the Senate from funding its implementation. A House-Senate agreement is necessary before Oct. 1 to avoid a government shutdown.
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