Obamacare

Senate Unanimously Calls for Cloture to Proceed on Temporary Spending Bill

Following Sen. Cruz's marathon speech

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The Senate moved Wednesday to take up a House-passed temporary spending bill that defunds President Obama's health-care law, despite Sen. Ted Cruz's more than 21-hour attempt to delay the legislation.

Shortly after 1 p.m., the funding bill passed its first procedural hurdle in the Senate, which voted unanimously to invoke cloture on a motion to proceed on the House's continuing resolution. The Senate now is scheduled to hold up to 30 hours of debate on the funding bill.

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