(WASHINGTON, DC) - The Democratic-led Senate has rejected conditions that House Republicans attached to a temporary spending bill.
On the brink of a government shutdown, the Senate voted 54-46 on Monday to strip a one-year delay in President Barack Obama's health care law from the bill that would keep the government operating. The Senate also stripped a provision that would have eliminated the tax on medical devices.
House Republicans had added the provisions early Sunday morning in their campaign to undo Obama's signature domestic program.
The vote came less than 10 hours before a possible shutdown and with no compromise in sight. Democrats - and a few Republicans - are pressing for the House to approve a straightforward spending bill with no conditions.
Meantime, President Obama says he's "not at all" resigned to a government shutdown. He says he expects to speak to congressional leaders during the day and in ensuing days to address budget and debt impasses.
The president addressed the looming shutdown after meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The Democratic-controlled Senate was expected Monday to reject the House of Representative's latest short-term spending proposal because it contains a one-year delay on the nation's health care law. The two chambers are trying to reach an agreement to avert a shutdown looming at midnight.
The spending fight is a prelude to a bigger confrontation over the nation's credit limit, expected to hit in mid-October.
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