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Healthcare reform funding saved by the vote

In a 100-0 vote, the U.S. Senate on Wednesday cleared the way to debate the House-passed stopgap bill that would fund government operations but cut off funds to the Affordable Care Act, USA Today reported. The vote followed an overnight floor speech by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) intended to drum up opposition against restored healthcare reform funding. But after speaking for more than 21 hours, Cruz ended up voting with the other 99 senators to open the spending bill to revisions by the Democratic-led Senate, CNN reported.