Shutdown averted! At least for the time being. Avoiding most of the drama that consumed last week, the Senate voted 81 to 19 to send legislation to the president that cuts this year's budget by $38 billion -- (though same have said accounting tricks means it cuts less than that).
Florida's two senators split their votes: Bill Nelson in favor; Marco Rubio opposed.
The House cleared the bill earlier with a 260 to 167 vote. House Speaker John Boehner needed Democrats to vote for the compromise he hammered out with President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid as 59 of his Republicans voted "No." That included a bunch of the Florida freshmen who were elected with tea party support: Florida Republican Reps. Sandy Adams, Allen West, Steve Southerland, Dennis Ross and Connie Mack all voted against the measure, saying it didn't go far enough.
Also voting against it: Democratic Rep. Alcee Hastings -- though he says the cuts go too deep.