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U.S. Senate Approves Fed. Government Extension, Bill Sent to House

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Senate voted Friday to send the republican-dominated House of Representatives an extension of federal government spending through mid-November.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Senate voted Friday to send the republican-dominated House of Representatives an extension of federal government spending through mid-November. The bill strips out a provision that would de-fund Obamacare, which was the focus of a major fight this week between Tea Party republicans and democrats and many other G.O.P.'ers. The debate now returns to the House, where a path to reaching a spending agreement before the end of Monday, when the government runs out of money to operate, is unclear.

After Friday's party line Senate vote of 54-44, democrats said the time to focus on the Affordable Healthcare Act is over, but Tea Party republicans vowed to fight in coming days to defund the program.

"We're not going to be extorted," said Senate Majority Leader  Harry Reid, a democrat. "The country's not going to be extorted. We're not going to negotiate with a gun to our heads. We're not going to allow the republicans to say give us what we want or the economy is going to close. This is no way to govern and it has to end. The time for games is over. Obamacare has been the law for 4 years. Why don't they get a life and talk about something else?"

"I hope we'll have another chance to deal with this again," countered republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida. "Because this only gets worse from here for the American people and for the middle class and for people who are trying to get ahead. I hope we'll have an opportunity to do it again."

The House will be in session through the weekend as they attempt to craft a spending bill.

CLICK HERE to read statements from Arkansas' U.S. Senators on Friday's vote.
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