Democrats who control the U.S. Senate were confident that they would continue to move forward with the “Obamacare” health reforms on Monday and send a “clean” bill to keep the federal government operating back to the House of Representatives. This is despite Republicans’ efforts to delay the reforms.
As a midnight shutdown deadline loomed, senior Democratic aides said the Senate would take a simple majority vote shortly after 2 p.m. (19:00 CET) to strip two Republican amendments from the funding measure – one that would delay the healthcare
reforms and another that would repeal a tax on medical devices that helps fund health insurance subsidies.
Democrats control the 100-seat Senate with 54 votes, including two independent senators.