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Senate kills effort to derail budget bill

By Alan Fram

Associated Press

Published: Friday, Sept. 27 2013 11:58 a.m. MDT

FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2013, file photo, Senate Armed Services Committee member Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., right, questions Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The committee's ranking Republican Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla. listens at left.

J. Scott Applewhite, Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The Senate has rejected an effort by young conservative senators to block a bill to avert a government shutdown on Tuesday.

Friday's 79-19 vote marks an emphatic defeat for Republican Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah. Their effort has sparked opposition from Democrats and from many GOP lawmakers, who worry the tactic could prompt a federal shutdown for which Republicans would be blamed.

Cruz and Lee are backed by outside conservative groups and have been trying to block a House-approved budget bill.

That's because the bill would deny money for President Barack Obama's health care law. They oppose the health care law and say blocking the budget bill will force Democrats to negotiate.

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