Sept. 27 - The U.S. Senate voted to approve a bill that would avert a government shutdown. The bill now heads to the House where Republican leaders say they will not approve the bill. Linda So reports.
The U.S. Senate on Friday voted to approve a spending bill to prevent a government shutdown. As part of that vote, funding was restored for the Affordable Care Act commonly called "Obamacare." The bill now heads to the House where Republican leaders are vowing to reject it setting up a last minute battle in Congress. SOUNDBITE: SENATE MAJORITY LEADER HARRY REID SAYING: "To be absolutely clear, we are going to accept nothing as it relates to Obamacare. There's a time and place for everything and this is not that time of place." Republican Senator Ted Cruz who led the charge against funding the Affordable Care Act says the fight is not over. SOUNDBITE: SENATOR TED CRUZ SAYING: "I hope and believe that when the House takes this up again, House Republicans will continue to stand together on the side of the American people. And I'm also hopeful when the House sends the bill back that it will be an opportunity to for every Senate Republican to come home." If Congress cannot come to a compromise by midnight on Monday, as many as 800,000 federal workers would be furloughed as part of a partial government shutdown.