Arkansas senators split on budget bill

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Arkansas' two senators have split on legislation that continues funding government after it was stripped of a House-backed effort to defund the federal health care law.

Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor on Friday voted for the measure intended on keeping the federal government operating through Nov. 15, while Republican John Boozman voted against the measure. The Senate passed the continuing resolution on a 54-44 vote after voting by the same margin to remove from it a House proposal to defund the federal health care overhaul.

The measure is aimed at avoiding a government shutdown next week and heads back to the House. The state's four Republican congressmen voted last week for the spending bill with the defunding measure included.

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