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With Nelson voting yes, and Rubio no, Senate rejects House bill to defund Obamacare



The U.S. Senate approved a bill that funds the government through Nov. 15 and strips out House language that would defund Obamacare.

Florida Sen. Bill Nelson joined with Democrats and Republican Sen. Marco Rubio voted with Republicans on a mostly party-line vote. The Senate outcome, despite Sen. Ted Cruz's actions, was predetermined. But now the bill heads back to the House, where Republicans say they will not accept it.

Unless something is worked out, the standoff could result in a government shutdown.

Rubio: “Short-term budgets that do nothing to solve our debt crisis are part of the problem, but this short-term budget is especially damaging because it wastes money on ObamaCare, a law that is costing many hard-working people their hours at work, their jobs and their existing health coverage. Today, we had an important opportunity to stand with America’s working class and defund ObamaCare before it continues to hurt people even more. That did not happen. I will continue to fight to stop ObamaCare in its entirety and replace it with an alternative that truly gives Americans more affordable high-quality health care options without hurting their jobs, incomes and current health plans they are happy with.”

[Last modified: Friday, September 27, 2013 2:03pm]


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