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With clocks ticking, Senate to vote today on stopgap spending bill; House debt limit talks continue
With four days to stop a government shutdown, the Senate is scheduled to vote this afternoon on a stopgap spending bill that could avert it. A series of four votes planned for early this afternoon is expected to culminate in Senate passage of a continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government running through Nov. 15 and to fully fund implementation of the Affordable Care Act. That would send the bill back to the House, which had sought a CR through Dec. 15 and to strip all funding from the health care law.