WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has scheduled a vote for Friday on a temporary spending bill required to prevent a government shutdown.
The chamber will also vote on a Tea Party-backed provision to defund Obamacare, but only if it defeats a filibuster by Sen. Ted Cruz and others. They're filibustering the bill because a vote to end debate gives Democrats controlling the chamber a big procedural edge.
But many Republicans are poised to break with Cruz since the alternative is to kill the bill altogether and force a partial government shutdown at midnight on Monday.
Top GOP leaders say the House will not simply approve the Senate measure and ship it to the White House, but they haven't said for sure what they may return to the Senate.