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Government shutdown looms as House votes to delay Obamacare

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Government shutdown loomingCNN — House Republicans pushed through a spending plan early Sunday morning that would delay Obamacare for a year and repeal its tax on medical devices.

The vote makes the chances of a government shutdown Tuesday increasingly likely.

That’s because passage of the amendments sends a temporary budget resolution back to the Senate, where Democrats vow to again block the anti-Obamacare amendments.

President Barack Obama has added a veto threat to that position.

Without a deal, a government shutdown will begin at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday.

A Senate Democratic source told CNN there were no plans to convene the Senate before Monday, when the current fiscal year ends.

The decision to vote on the House amendments Saturday night emerged from a rare weekend GOP caucus meeting called by House Speaker John Boehner.

The votes, taken after midnight, were 232-192 for the Obamacare delay, and 248-174 for the medical device tax repeal, mostly along party lines.

Two Democrats voted for the Obamacare delay: Mike McIntyre of North Carolina, and Jim Matheson of Iowa.

Seventeen Democrats voted for the tax repeal.

Meanwhile, a bill to guarantee pay for military personnel during any shutdown passed 423-0.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called the Republican strategy “pointless” and said the Democratic-led Senate would reject the GOP alternatives, while the White House said Obama would veto the House proposal if it reached his desk.

A separate White House statement said voting for the GOP measure “is voting for a shutdown.”

The partisan back and forth over the spending plan — called a continuing resolution in legislative jargon — came after the Senate on Friday restored funding for Obamacare that House Republicans stripped from their original version and sent the proposal back to the House.

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  • Steve

    Who are the obstructionists now? seems there is no compromise from Harry Reid or Obama… Who really is shutting government down…and maybe that would be a good thing…

  • Chas Holman

    I’ve seen what this clownish act by the GOP has done to the WORLD stock market the last few weeks.. Give them another year and the uncertainty will have us all dead and buried.

    • Xuven

      Yes the GOP are opposed to the unaffordable care act…. I know liberals like you would just say take it from the rich, but the one percent already pay over 40% of the taxes….before you call me a liar quit listing to you liberal activist friends and actually check the facts! yes I have…. But then people like you usually believe that the govt. Should take the money away from people who actually earn it and give it to people that like to stay home play video games and eat junk food all day… In the interist of economic equality….. Liberals don't believe that hard work should be rewarded more than no work. And I know all I need to know about Obama care and that is my premiums almost double, and my coverage went down.

  • Matt

    When Obama made the ACA a law through the use of an executive order, he did not stipulate where the funding would come from. No state in the union can afford the price that they have to pay, and Obama is planing to meet or double that cost. The US doesn’t have that kind if money.
    Shutting the govt down is not the solution. And it will have broad reaching effects that all of you will feel.

  • cwl

    Obama is a hypocrite, among other things. Unions are opted out because they are his chums, GE and many others who bow to the village idiot get delays. Why not the individual? My insurance has gone up $300 in 4 years because of the idiot law and I now pay over $600 a month with less benefits. I will not go to the exchange and get F#@cked over. You supporters are low information voters. Maybe read up on it and then give your brain dead opinions.

  • Skip

    House Speaker John Boehner gets a big fat salary for doing nothing. He gets free health care and transportation. We pay for it. The USA needs term limits to shuffle the cast of characters.