WASHINGTON, D.C. (09/27/2013) - The U.S. Senate Friday voted right down party lines, and passed a continuing resolution – the C.R. -- to fund the government for the next few months.
It's a so-called "clean" bill, meaning it does not include the defunding of the Affordable Care Act, which is what the House did last week.
The House wrapped up at 11:15 Friday morning, but will return at 10 a.m. Saturday to consider the bill the Senate passed.
What's unclear is what will happen next. Senate Democrats say the ball's in the House's court.
"John Boehner has to decide if he's the Speaker of the far-right Tea Party, or is he Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. If he makes the right decision, there won't be a shutdown, and people can go on with their lives the way they should," said Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH).
House Republicans say they already passed a responsible continuing resolution, which also defunds Obamacare, a program they say isn't working and the American people don't want it.
There are several options the House can take now, including a spending bill that wouldn't defund Obamacare, but rather, delay its implementation.
"If they send back a "clean" C.R. that doesn't have anything in there, if they don't compromise at all, I don't think the House will be able to support that," said Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI). "The huge majority of the American people do not want a government shutdown, but they do not want Obamacare either. That's becoming more and more evident."
We could see a back-and-forth all weekend. If the two houses can't come up with an agreement by Tuesday, the federal government will shut down, meaning only essential employees will be allowed to come to work.