WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- The Democratic-led Senate blocked an effort to defund the president's health care law, and approved legislation aimed at preventing a Tuesday federal shutdown.
Friday's vote was 54 to 44.
A small group of Senate conservatives tried, but failed to stop the Senate from considering the bill. They argued their strategy would have kept Democrats from removing the Obamacare provision.
It's still unclear whether the Senate and the Republican-run House will be able to complete a compromise bill in time to get it to President Barack Obama for his signature before the government has to close.
House GOP leaders have yet to determine how to win enough conservative support to pass a new bill. Conservatives have been trying to use the must-pass bill as a way to kill or weaken 2010 Obama's health care law.
Before the Senate approved the overall bill, it voted to remove House-passed language that would have blocked money for Obamacare.
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