(AP) – Maine’s U.S. senators were split on a measure to keep government operating past Tuesday.
Republican Susan Collins opposed the measure which, if approved in the House, will avoid a threatened government shutdown. Independent Angus King supported the measure. It passed the Senate 54-44 Friday afternoon but faces an uncertain future in the House as the high-stakes stand-off continues into the weekend.
One of the key sticking points is that conservative Republicans want to defund the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, while Democrats insist the health care plan must be funded.
Collins has said Obamacare is harmful law while King, in a floor speech Thursday, criticized Republicans for threatening to shut down government over the health care law.