Vermont Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., voted to avoid a government shutdown Friday.
The Senate voted 54-44 for a continuing resolution to keep the federal government in business past Tuesday’s scheduled shutdown. The battle now shifts to the House, which is working on its own version. The two versions will then need to be reconciled.
The resolution passed after the Senate stripped out a provision that had been inserted by the House to defund the Affordable Care Act, according to a news release from Sanders.
“People can disagree about the Affordable Care Act, but it is wrong for right-wing Republicans to ignore the results of the last election and hold the American people hostage by threatening to shut down the government because they can’t get their way,” Sanders said.
A partial government shutdown would directly affect thousands of federal workers in Vermont, Sanders said.