• U.S. Senate rejects House spending

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    The U.S. Senate on Monday rejected a measure approved earlier by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, which ties funding for government agencies to a one-year delay of President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law.

    In a vote of 54-46, the Democrat-dominated Senate stripped the language of delaying the Obamacare from the House-version of a stopgap funding bill, which was approved in early Sunday morning.

    The Senate also eliminated the provision repealing a tax on medical devices that are intended to help finance the healthcare law.

    With less than 10 hours away from a possible government shutdown, the vote left little progress toward reaching an agreement on funding the government by midnight Monday, when the current fiscal year expires. PNA

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