Countdown to Shutdown: House Approves Revised Spending Plan
WASHINGTON (CNN) —In a Saturday vote, the House approved a revised spending plan that includes:
- A year delay of parts of the Affordable Care Act
- Repeal of the Medical Device Tax
- Funding of the government until December 15, 2013
- The Military to be paid in case of a shutdown.
The new counteroffer was forged by House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and his Republican caucus to appease conservative opposition to the Affordable Care Act.
The House has now volleyed the prevention of a government shutdown back to the Senate, which could wait until Monday to take up the measure.
Senate Democrats have stated any changes to the bill they passed Friday, which funds both the government and Obamacare would be a non-starter.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) said Saturday, the House strategy was “pointless”.
The White House is also voicing frustration.
A statement by White House Press Secretary Jay Carney reads, “Republicans in Congress had the opportunity to pass a routine, simple continuing resolution that keeps the government running for a few more weeks. But instead, Republicans decided they would rather make an ideological point by demanding the sabotage of the health care law…..”
The President says he would veto the House plan.
As the divide continues and the possibility of a government shutdown looms, another partisan showdown is on the horizon.
The deadline to raise the nation’s debt ceiling is October 17th.