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UPDATE: Senate Blocks Effort To Strip Obamacare Of Funding

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Democratic-led Senate has blocked an effort to strip money from the president's health care law.
   
The party-line, 54-44 vote clears the last obstacle to Senate approval of a measures aimed at preventing a government shutdown on Tuesday.
   
The Republican-run House had included the Obamacare language in its version of the shutdown bill at the insistence of conservatives.
   
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.
   
Still unclear is whether Congress will approve legislation preventing a shutdown by Tuesday.
   
House GOP leaders have yet to determine how to win enough conservative support to pass a new bill.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - This time, President Barack Obama says, he's not budging. He's betting that Republicans blink and avoid a government shutdown or a first-ever default of the nation's debts.
    
It's a proposition not without risk and one with a history of last-minute accommodations on both sides. Over the five years of his presidency, brinkmanship between Obama and congressional Republicans has often stopped at the precipice's edge.
    
In this round, however, the president and his aides have repeatedly maintained that when it comes to raising the government's borrowing authority and meeting its debt obligations, there will be no bargaining.
    
It's a stance based on experience, politics and a desire to protect Obama from similar demands in the remaining three years of his second term.

Senate Set To OK Budget Bill, But Fight Not Over


WASHINGTON (AP) - The Democratic-led Senate is ready to approve legislation averting a government shutdown Tuesday. But House Republican leaders are unwilling to accept the bill, ensuring that the nasty congressional squabble will spill into the weekend and possibly right up to the deadline - and maybe beyond.
   
The Senate scheduled Friday votes on the measure. Senators are expected to approve it after defeating a conservative effort to derail the bill and removing House-passed language stripping money from President Barack Obama's health care law.
   
The battle has already produced plenty of drama, and not only between Democrats and Republicans.
   
After two conservative GOP senators blocked the Senate from completing its bill Thursday, Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee said they were delaying that vote so their followers could watch Friday's debate on TV.

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