Senate rejects House spending measure

The Senate on Monday voted to table amendments passed by the GOP-controlled House, effectively killing the Republican bill to the keep the government funded and enact major changes to the health-care law known as “Obamacare.”

Senate Democrats had vowed to kill the amendments and only needed a simple majority to do so. The final vote was a straight party line 54-46.

Right after the vote, Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), the chair of the Appropriations Committee, called the House measure a “radical bill.” Speaking on the Senate floor, Mikulski said she was “so glad what we did just now was to table it and send it back to the House.”

The House amendments would have delayed Obamacare by a year and repealed the medical device tax.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.

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