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article imageSenate defeats House funding bill, ball back in House's court

By William M. Schmalfeldt     Sep 30, 2013 in Politics
Washington - The Senate defeated the proposed House bill to delay Obamacare for one year in return for funding the government. The bill has been sent back to the House, which will have several hours to come up with a bill that can survive the Senate.
The bill was rejected on a 54-46, party-line vote. The bill goes back to the House which has the option of passing the clean continuing resolution the Senate sent them this past weekend, or amending it again and facing the same result.
Lest anyone think everyone in the House GOP is insane, there are some rational voices being heard, according to the Wall Street Journal.
"We have tried robustly on the spending bill and it hasn't borne fruit," said Rep. Doug Lamborn (R., Colo.), now in his fourth term. He said Republicans could use other tactics to fight over the new health law, but "for this week we may have to give up."
"I would certainly discourage the Republican leadership from launching another volley back over to the Senate," Rep. Charlie Dent (R., Pa.) said on CNN. He said that "now that we've sent over two volleys to the U.S. Senate and they've rejected both, I think now it's imperative that we just fund the government."
But the Tea Party voices still seem to be the only ones House Speaker John Boehner can hear.
"Many of us want to keep the fight going on Obamacare," Rep. Sean Duffy (R., Wis.), who was elected in the tea-party wave of 2010, said on CNN.
According to Reuters, the House GOP will respond by amending the bill to require the President and members of Congress to get their insurance through Obamacare.
In addition, Reuters says the House GOP will add on new moves to change the federal healthcare law known as Obamacare, in defiance of Senate Democrats and President Barack Obama.
A senior House Republican aide said the measure will propose delaying for one year the "individual mandate" requiring those without health insurance to sign up for Obamacare. The measure also would require the president, senior administration officials and members of Congress and their aides to participate in Obamacare.
Senate Democrats so far are holding firm against any such add-ons to a government spending bill that is needed by midnight on Monday before federal agencies are forced to begin shutting down some operations for lack of funding.
The Senate has repeatedly said it will not accept anything less than a clean continuing resolution that does not touch the Affordable Care Act, and the president has repeatedly said he would veto any such bill that crosses his desk.
The last time the government shut down was over New Year's 1995-1996 for a total of 28 days. Polls released this morning show that most Americans do not want the government shut down in a battle over Obamacare, and that most will blame the Republicans for any such shut down.
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