WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - Wisconsin's two U.S. senators joined all of their other colleagues Wednesday in advancing a bill to keep the federal government funded beyond next Tuesday.
The House passed the measure last week and included a defunding of President Obama's Affordable Care Act -- something majority Senate Democrats are expected to strip from the bill.
Wisconsin Democrat Tammy Baldwin and Republican Ron Johnson both agree that a government shutdown should be avoided at all costs. To achieve that, both houses would have to agree on a package by next Tuesday, the start of the federal government's new fiscal year.
Johnson says the final bill should include changes to Obamacare -- including the removal of an excise tax on the makers of medical devices. Johnson says the tax has already caused problems with medical research.
Baldwin says she wouldn't mind if the tax is tweaked, but not repealed. She also said those issues should be resolved later -- and the only topic now should be to avoid a government shutdown.
Wednesday, Baldwin took part in a media briefing on how Obamacare will improve women's health.
Among other things, she said women will finally get access to private insurance plans that cover maternity care.