In the latest volley in Congress' negotiations over government funding, the Senate on Monday afternoon passed legislation to keep federal operations running for a few more months, once again leaving the prospect of a government shutdown in the hands of the Republican-led House.
By a party-line vote of 54 to 46, the Democratic led Senate passed the spending bill after stripping Republican language that would have repealed and delayed parts of Obamacare.
"I have a very simple message to John Boehner," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said after the vote. "Let the House vote. Stop trying to force a government shutdown. Let the House work its will—all 435 members, not just the majority."