Voting 64 to 35, the Senate passed the same measure passed last week by the House of Representatives, which would stave off a 24 percent cuts to Medicare providers that would have gone into effect at midnight.
Lawmakers tried for months to pass a permanent fix to the deeply unpopular sustainable growth-rate formula, which has now been avoided 18 times in the past 11 years. Many Democrats, including Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, who led the effort to negotiate a permanent repeal of the SGR payment formula, opposed the one-year "doc fix" patch, fearing it would undo their long-term efforts.
Wyden's proposal will cost $180.2 billion, according to the Congressional Budget Office, and does not yet have an offset.
Notable deaths of 2014 [PHOTOS]