House Passes Spending Bill, Without ObamaCare
Stands no chance in the Senate as clock ticks toward shutdown
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 20, 2013 10:34 AM CDT
Speaker of the House John Boehner talks to reporters on Thursday.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – And we're off: The House has passed a temporary funding measure to keep the government running. As expected, the bill is coupled with a Tea Party-backed measure to block President Obama's new healthcare law. The 230 -189 vote sets the stage for a confrontation with the Democratic-led Senate. The Senate promises to strip the "defund ObamaCare" provision from the bill next week and will challenge the House to pass it as a straightforward funding bill that Obama will sign.

The White House promises Obama would veto the measure in the unlikely event it reaches him. At issue is the need to pass a short-term funding bill to prevent a partial government shutdown when the budget year ends on Sept. 30. Washington's longstanding budget stalemate has derailed the annual appropriations bills required to fund federal agency operations.