Big Senate vote propels stopgap spending bill


WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate is set to pass a spending bill to prevent the government from shutting down this week over the opposition of the most conservative Republicans in the chamber.

Monday’s 77-19 tally easily beat a token filibuster threat and sets up a final vote. The House is then expected to approve the measure before a deadline of midnight Wednesday.

The bill has been stripped of a tea party-backed measure to take taxpayer funding away from Planned Parenthood as the price for keeping the government open. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is under fire from tea party conservatives who are demanding he fight harder against Planned Parenthood, even at the risk of a government shutdown. But McConnell is more concerned with protecting his 2016 re-election class.

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