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Vt. senators vote yes on budget bill; shutdown looms

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont's U.S. senators both voted in favor of a measure to keep government operating past Tuesday.

Democrat Patrick Leahy and Independent Bernie Sanders joined 52 Senate Democrats to pass the measure that, if approved in the House, will avoid a threatened government shutdown. It passed the Senate 54-44 Friday afternoon but faces an uncertain future in the House as the high-stakes standoff continues into the weekend.

One of the key sticking points is that conservative Republicans want to defund the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, while Democrats insist the health care plan must be funded.

Sanders said people can disagree about Obamacare but said it is wrong for Republicans to threaten to shut down government "because they can't get their way."

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