The government will not shut down tomorrow night, as the Senate approved a three-week temporary funding bill this afternoon by an 87-13 vote. Both Sens. Bob Casey, D-Pa., and Pat Toomey, R-Pa., voted in favor of the continuing resolution, which cuts $6 billion from current spending levels over the three-week span.
The vote in the House exposed a rift in the Republican party as 54 conservative GOP members bucked Speaker John Boehner and voted against the bill, forcing Republicans to rely on centrist Democratic votes to pass the bill. A few of the Senate's staunchest conservatives and liberals voted against the measure -- but it's notable that Toomey did not join the tea party senators who said the bill doesn't cut enough. (The no votes on the Republican side were: Jim DeMint, of South Carolina; Rand Paul, of Kentucky; Mike Lee and Orrin Hatch, both of Utah; Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, both of Idaho; James Inhofe, of Oklahoma; and Marco Rubio, of Florida.)
The two parties are still debating a longer-term solution but, naturally, both houses of Congress are now taking 10 days off to go home to their districts.