The U.S. Senate on Wednesday began advancing a bill to keep the government operating beyond Sept. 30 when funding for this fiscal year runs out, as it cleared away a procedural hurdle that some Republicans had erected.
The Senate unanimously agreed to limit early debate on the measure in the hope of passing a bill by this weekend. But battles over the legislation were expected to continue in both the Senate and the House of Representatives.
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Senate Democrats intend to remove from the spending bill a controversial House-passed provision that would defund President Barack Obama's healthcare law.