WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama said Monday that he is "not at all resigned" to a government shutdown as a midnight deadline looms for a bill to continue funding the federal government.
"I am not at all resigned," Obama said after a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, noting that he would talk with congressional leaders later about the budget stalemate.
"I am not only open to but eager to have negotiations around a long-term budget that makes sure that we're investing in middle- class families, helping the economy grow, giving people who are working hard a leg up and greater security and stability, and deals with some of our long-term challenges in terms of debt and deficits," he added.
U.S. House of Representatives voted in the early hours of Sunday to pass a short-term government funding bill proposed by House Speaker John Boehner and other Republican leaders to fund the federal government's operations from Oct. 1 through Dec. 15 and delay the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly known as Obamacare, for one year.
The Senate is expected to convene on Monday afternoon and to take a simply majority vote to strip Republican amendments from the funding measure and then send a "clean" funding bill back to the House.
Failure to reach an agreement on terms for funding the government by midnight Monday would force the first partial government shutdown since 1996.