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Lawmakers vote to prevent government shutdown

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

On Friday, House Republicans passed a bill to fund government services for three months. The bill also takes money away from the Affordable Care Act to keep those government agencies running.

This vote marks the 42nd time House Republicans have tried to kill or drastically change President Obama's healthcare reform. In Friday's vote, 228 Republicans voted yes, including U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston (R- GA 1) and U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson (R- SC 2)

"With every day, we get a new example of how Obamacare increases costs, takes away choices, and inserts the government more deeply into one of the most personal facets of our lives," Kingston said in a statement.

"This bill stops the train wreck before it causes any additional harm and preserves the budget cuts we have secured over the past year."

"Today, House Republicans have acted responsibly by passing a solution to keep the government's doors open. Because of our efforts, American families are protected from the unworkable, unaffordable healthcare law and hardworking taxpayers can rest assured that our nation will stop spending beyond its means," Wilson said in a statement on his Facebook page.

The bill heads to the Senate floor for debate next week.

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