WASHINGTON — A potential federal shutdown hurtling ever closer, the Senate dealt a defeat to a core of rebellious young conservatives Friday and approved legislation preventing government agencies from closing on Tuesday.
The 54-44 vote, however, hardly spelled an end to Washington's latest down-to-the-wire budget drama. It remains unclear whether the Democratic-led Senate and the Republican-run House will be able to craft a compromise and rush it to President Barack Obama for his signature before the government has to tell hundreds of thousands of federal workers to stay home.
Before final approval, the Senate voted 79-19 to reject an effort by some Senate conservatives to block final passage of the legislation.
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