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WASHINGTON — With one vote on Friday, the Republican-led House launched the latest spending battle in Congress — one that could bring a government shutdown in less than two weeks.

By a 230-189 vote almost strictly on party lines, the House passed a short-term government spending plan that would eliminate all funding for Obamacare.

The measure now goes to the Democratic-led Senate, which is certain to reject the provision that defunds President Barack Obama’s signature legislative achievement of his first term.

In legislative jargon, the House passed a continuing resolution that would keep the government funded for the first 11 weeks of the fiscal year that begins October 1.

The controversy involves the provision demanded by the GOP’s conservative wing and agreed to by House Speaker John Boehner that eliminates all funding for the 2010 health care reforms popularly known as Obamacare.

CongressApproval by the House will set in motion a Capitol Hill showdown that will continue through October, when the nation’s debt ceiling must be increased so the government can pay all its bills.

The two-stage process includes a possible government shutdown at the end of the current fiscal year on September 30 if there is no compromise on a spending resolution, followed by a potentially even more rancorous debate over raising the debt ceiling.

Conservatives tie Obamacare to budget talks

Tea party conservatives who have pledged to fight implementation of Obamacare consider the current budget debate their last major chance to undermine it, because the brunt of the new system takes effect with the start of fiscal year 2014 on October 1.

They demand a halt to funding for the signature program from President Barack Obama’s first term, and they seem indifferent about forcing a government shutdown if that doesn’t happen.

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  • Anonymous

    Obamacare is bad and you politicians should feel bad!!! Boo!! I hope the government does shut down, then maybe the American people will see how little it really does!

  • MGRyan

    With each passing day, Nancy Pelosi's infamous decry – we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what's in it – is becoming a painful reality for hardworking Americans. On the eve of full implementation, Obamacare is already separating patients from their doctors and employees from their employers.

    Thank you GOP for standing up for hardworking Americans.

    • Xuven

      They are the party that does…. The Demos care more about well fair that the working man….. If it was up to Nancy P… With the exception of her and her friends (AKA campaign contributors) everyone would just turn their pay check over and write pay to the US Government …… Then she could decide how to divide up the $$$$ …. Of cores she and her friends would get a big cut too.

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