Debate on spending measure targeting health care law heats up in Senate

A stopgap spending measure that would strip funds for the Affordable Care Act has sparked debate in the Senate, increasing the possibility of a government shutdown Oct. 1, according to these reports. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and top Senate Republicans have opposed the strategy of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who sought a 60-vote threshold for amendment votes. But disagreements could push a vote on the spending bill to the weekend as Reid works to remove the bill's provision that would defund the ACA.

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