WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- The Senate approved a measure Friday to cut
off debate on legislation to keep the government open, a critical win
for Senate Democrats. Conservative Republicans, led by Sen. Ted Cruz of
Texas, had been trying to get fellow party members to oppose the motion.
Democrats, who control 54 votes in the Senate, needed 60 votes to cut
off debate. In the end, 25 Republicans joined the Democrats in support
of the measure. Only 19 Republicans voted against the bill. Democrats
plan to quickly move on a series of votes to send the spending bill,
keeping the government open until Nov. 15, back to the House. Democrats
first plan to vote to strip out House language that would defund
President Barack Obama's signature health-care law. Democrats only need
51 votes to remove the Obamacare language. It remains unclear how the
House will react to the changes. If the measure is not agreed to by
Tuesday, the government will shut down.