U.S. Sens. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga) and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga) voted today against the Democrats-amended continuing resolution (CR) that funds the government as well as President Barack Obama's signature health care law, the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare).
The Stability, Security and Fairness Act, the bill authored by House Republicans was passed in the lower chamber last week. The resolution funded the government but withheld funding for ACA.
Some conservatives, such as Ted Cruz (R-Texas), urged Senate Republicans to vote against it to stop Democrats from amending it with funding for Obamacare.
But most Republicans supported the vote for cloture earlier today, allowing Democrats to go through the amending process. Minutes later, a straight party vote approved Democrats' changes to fund Obamacare in the CR.
The amended bill passed also in a party vote 54-44.
The legislation goes back to the House where Majority leader Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) promised to reset the Obamacare defunding provision into the funding resolution, setting up the government for a Tuesday shutdown.