Senate Democrats say they cannot accept the provisions in House GOP's newest bill to fund the government. Without agreement between Senate and House, the government could shut down Tuesday.
The New York Times: U.S. Shutdown Nears As House Votes To Delay Health Law
The federal government on Sunday morning barreled toward its first shutdown in 17 years after the Republican-run House, choosing a hard line, voted to attach a one-year delay of President Obama's health care law and a repeal of a tax to pay for it to legislation to keep the government running (Weisman and Peters, 9/29).
The Wall Street Journal: U.S. Nears Shutdown As House Votes To Delay Health Law
On a 231-192 vote, the House early Sunday passed a one-year delay of the health law, often called Obamacare, and attached it to a plan to fund the government through Dec. 15. The legislation now goes to the Senate. It also includes a provision repealing a tax on medical devices intended to help finance the health law, which the House approved on a 248-174 vote. But Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.), in a statement issued hours before the House took up the bill, pledged to strip out the health provisions. He denounced the GOP vote as "pointless" and declared the impasse to be back at "Square 1" (Hook, Peterson and Hughes, 9/29).
The Washington Post: House Pushes U.S. To The Edge Of A Shutdown
"We will do everything we can to protect Americans against the harmful effects of Obamacare. This bill does that. We're united in the House as Republicans," Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Va.) said shortly after unveiling the plan to his rank and file. "Now it's up to the Senate Democrats to answer" (Montgomery, Kane and Helderman, 9/29).
Los Angeles Times: House Vote Sets Stage For Government Shutdown
Republicans see Tuesday's launch of the healthcare law's online marketplaces as one of their last chances to stop Obamacare, even though Senate Democrats appear united in their commitment to protect the president's signature legislative accomplishment. The House bill would delay the marketplaces for a year. Any delay in the healthcare law remains highly unlikely. Moreover, key aspects of the law are already underway. The president said Friday that the marketplaces, where the uninsured will shop for policies, will open for business on Tuesday even if there is a federal shutdown. "That's a done deal," he said (Mascaro and Memoli, 9/28).
The Hill: House Sends Stopgap Back To Senate 48 Hours Before Shutdown
Unveiled by GOP leaders just hours earlier, the continuing resolution (CR) would fund the government through Dec. 15. It would delay the individual coverage mandate and the insurance exchanges which are set to launch on Tuesday – and eliminate a 2.3 percent tax on medical devices. Republican supporters said the ObamaCare delay is necessary to prepare a wary public for sweeping changes that lack the underlying infrastructure to make them work. They framed their postponement proposal as a compromise, relative to the defunding measure they had pushed earlier in the month (Lillis, 9/29).