Monday, September 30, 2013
The next move is up to the Senate -- but it's not expected to make a partial government shutdown tonight any less likely.
About 800,000 federal workers will be forced off the job without pay if no compromise can be reached by midnight on the legislation that would keep government agencies funded.
House Speaker John Boehner says the nation is facing a budget emergency and the Senate, like the House, should be in session to help avert the shutdown.
The Ohio Republican on Monday castigated the Democratic-led chamber for taking Sunday off amid a partisan standoff over funding the government and the future of Obamacare. Republicans want President Barack Obama's signature law limited or delayed as part of any budget deal. Democrats, meanwhile, want a budget passed without any changes to the health care program. The Senate on Monday is expected to reject the House-passed measure containing the latest attack on "Obamacare" and send the measure back to the House.
If no agreement is reached, the government would begin shutting down at midnight.