WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 (Xinhua)-- The U.S. Senate on Monday rejected a measure approved earlier by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, which ties funding for government agencies to a one-year delay of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law.
In a vote of 54-46, the Democrat-dominated Senate stripped the language of delaying the Obamacare from the House-version of a stopgap funding bill, which was approved in early Sunday morning. The Senate also eliminated the provision repealing a tax on medical devices that are intended to help finance the healthcare law.
With less than 10 hours away from a possible government shutdown, the vote left little progress toward reaching an agreement on funding the government by midnight Monday, when the current fiscal year expires.
"We are not going to change Obamacare," said the Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid after the vote, insisting that the Senate wants a "clean" funding bill.
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 think what the president indicated is that he expects that he will, of course, speak with leaders in the coming days," said the White House spokesman Jay Carney in a daily news briefing. He didn't provide any further details.
He blasted the Republicans, saying their "ultimate goal and purpose" is to do away with the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.
The stopgap funding bill is kicked back to the House. Failure to reach an agreement on terms for funding the government by midnight Monday would force the first partial U.S. government shutdown since 1996.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 (Xinhua)-- U.S. President Barack Obama said on Monday that a government shutdown would have very real economic impact on the Americans,.
"It does not have to happen," Obama said in a late afternoon statement in the White House. "All of this is entirely preventable if the House chooses to do what the Senate has already done, and that's the simple act of funding our government without making extraneous and controversial demands in the process." Full story
WASHINGTON, Sept. 29 (Xinhua) -- U.S. House of Representatives voted in the early hours of Sunday to pass a short-term government funding bill proposed by Republican leaders to fund the federal government's operations through Dec. 15 and delay the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly known as Obamacare, for one year.
The bill passed by the lower chamber of Congress contained a one-year delay in the implementation of Obamacare, a repeal of the medical device tax in the ACA to fund Obamacare and a measure ensuring service members to get paid in the event of a government shutdown. Full story