Senate Strips Obamacare Language, Passes CR

The motion proceeded with a 68-30 vote to invoke cloture.

Harry ReidThe Senate voted 54 to 44 Friday to remove language in the House-passed continuing resolution (CR) that would defund Obamacare.

Shortly after, the complete resolution was approved 54-44. The legislation, which will prevent the government from shutting down in passed, will now return to the House for a vote.

Republican leaders were initially reluctant to insert the language defunding the health care reform law into the continuing resolution, but ultimately allowed it to be inserted following pressure from conservatives in the lower chamber.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Thursday that when the House takes on the CR, they will likely not pass a clean version of it. Congress has until Monday to pass a measure or else the government will run out of funds.

The Senate vote on the health care language has been in the spotlight amid a 21 hour floor speech from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) urging his colleagues to oppose stripping the House language.

Despite riling conservatives, there was not enough support to prevent the cloture vote on the amendment to take out the House measure from occurring. It moved forward Friday 68-30.

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