The Senate passed a continuing resolution to keep the federal government functioning past a Monday night deadline, NPR reports. But it removed language to defund the Affordable Care Act -- the cause that Sen. Ted Cruz built his 21-hour talk-a-thon on Wednesday. The resolution goes next to the House of Representatives, where its future is murky.
Passage in the Senate of a measure to keep the federal government running past Tuesday will set in motion a process that could end up accomplishing the opposite. A vote to send a budget bill funding the government for another six weeks will send it to the House, but without language defunding the Affordable Care Act that Republicans insist must be there.