Only a handful of days away from a government shutdown, the Democratic-led Senate is set to approve legislation to keep federal agencies from locking their doors on October 1st.
That’s the good news. The bad news? Republicans and Democrats are still torn about Obamacare and other disputes that will likely make the battle run into the weekend…and maybe beyond.
The Senate planned votes Friday on the measure preventing a shutdown. Senators were expected to pass it after derailing a conservative effort to block the bill and after removing House-approved language that strips money from President Barack Obama’s health care law.
That would bounce the legislation back to the House, where GOP leaders already have declared that the pared-down Senate bill was insufficient.
With conservatives insisting that the shutdown bill and a separate debt limit measure present an opportunity to demolish the Affordable Care Act and slash spending, House leaders were not saying what, if any, decisions they had made on strategy.
Le sigh. Let’s hope they can get it together before next week.