Democrats who control the Senate were confident that they would defeat Republicans' efforts to delay the Affordable Care Act's health reforms on Monday 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. to strip out 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.
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Democrats control the 100-seat Senate with 54 votes, including two independent senators.