Vitter said the move would buy Republican leaders time to figure out their next move in the fight to defund ObamaCare.

“I think the House could still have time to send something different back, particularly if they sent along with it, a very short term, like one-week clean [continuing resolution] so there would be no disruption as the longer-term bill was discussed,” Vitter said Wednesday on Fox News.

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The government will shut down next Tuesday if Congress fails to pass a spending bill.

Vitter said a one-week continuing resolution would put “more time on the clock” to avoid a shutdown. He said the short-term spending bill would maintain spending levels “without all the controversial stuff,” like defunding President Obama’s healthcare law.