Defiant House delays Obamacare; government shutdown looms

U.S. Capitol Building at Sunset

Washington (CNN) — Less than 48 hours before a shutdown of the federal government would begin, House Republican leaders remained defiant in their effort to chip away at Obamacare — with one member of the House GOP leadership insisting the House will continue its effort to undermine the health care law and another faulting the Democratically controlled Senate for not working on Sunday.

In a move that makes a shutdown appear very likely, House Republicans approved a spending plan early Sunday morning that would delay Obamacare for a year and repeal its tax on medical devices.

The temporary budget resolution now goes back to the Senate, where Democrats have consistently said any changes to President Barack Obama’s signature health care law would be a deal-killer.

On top of that, Obama has already issued a veto threat.

If Washington can’t reach a deal, a government shutdown will begin at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday.

A Senate Democratic source told CNN on Saturday there were no plans for the Senate to meet before Monday — the day the current fiscal year ends.

Congress could avert a shutdown by passing a temporary spending measure while the two chambers work out their differences.

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