WASHINGTON (AP) - The Democratic-run Senate has approved legislation aimed at preventing a Tuesday federal shutdown.
Friday's vote was 54-44.
But it remains unclear whether the Senate and the Republican-run House will be able to complete a compromise bill in time to get it to President Barack Obama for his signature before the government has to close.
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That is because House GOP leaders are still struggling to figure out how they can win enough votes from conservatives to push a new version of the legislation through their chamber.
Conservatives have been trying to use the must-pass bill as a way to kill or weaken 2010 Obama's health care law.
Before the Senate approved the overall bill, it voted to remove House-passed language that would have blocked money for Obamacare.