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In rare bipartisan accord, Senate passes House measure to pay military during government shutdown

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., points to a countdown clock during a news conference on Capitol Hill on Monday. (AP/J. Scott Applewhite)

In a rare moment of bipartisan agreement in the weeks-long government funding battle, the Democratically run Senate on Monday approved a House Republican measure that would ensure the nation's military personnel continue to receive paychecks if the government shutters at midnight because of congressional gridlock.

The bill also includes shutdown pay for civilian personnel and contractors for the defense department who provide support to the military.

The House authored the measure and passed it unanimously early Sunday morning alongside a resolution that the Senate has already rejected.

Democrats have strenuously resisted attempts by House Republicans to tinker with Obamacare, but they had no qualms passing a GOP bill that would ensure military pay in case of a shutdown.

Republicans praised the move, citing the cuts the military has already endured under the sequester.

"Our nation’s military should not suffer for Congress’ inability to pass a budget that represents the demands of the American people," Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., said after the Senate cleared the measure.