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House working on bill that would delay healthcare act
WASHINGTON (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Right now, the House is trying to hammer out a deal to avoid a government shutdown.
They're close to approving legislation to keep the government running, but Republicans once again added measures on the Affordable Healthcare Act, including a one-year delay. Conservatives argue they're doing the president a favor, but Senate Democrats reject the bill and so does the president.
"Past government shutdowns have disrupted the economy. This shutdown would, too. At a moment when our economy has steadily gained traction, and our deficits have been falling faster than at any time in 60 years, a shutdown would be a purely self-inflicted wound," President Obama says.
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) says, "They are not ready. Delay it for one year. Obamacare has missed over half of its deadlines. Why would you move forward on a program not ready for primetime? Delay, defund, repeal, replace."
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has said the Senate will not pass any bill that would alter the health care law. If no deal is reached, a government shutdown will go into effect on midnight Tuesday, sending more than 800,000 federal employees home without pay.