December 5, 2013
US Senate Democrats say they will defeat Obamacare delay
Democrats who control the Senate were confident that they would defeat Republicans' efforts to delay "Obamacare" health reforms today and send a "clean" bill to keep the federal government operating back to the House of Representatives.
As a midnight shutdown deadline loomed, senior Democratic aides said the Senate would take a simple majority vote shortly after 2 p.m. (1800 GMT) to strip two Republican amendments from the funding measure - one that would delay the healthcare reforms and another that would repeal a tax on medical devices that helps fund health insurance subsidies.
Democrats control the 100-seat Senate with 54 votes, including two independent senators.