US Senate passes bill to keep government operating

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The US Senate on Friday passed and sent to the House of Representatives a bill to fund government operations from Oct 1 to Nov 15 to avert agency shutdowns.

Republicans in the House of Representatives are considering attaching controversial items to this straight-forward emergency funding bill, such as denying funds for President Barack Obama's health-care law for a year.

Such a move by the House could result in deadlock and put the federal government closer to a shutdown on Tuesday.