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House, Senate not in session as shutdown looms
WASHINGTON (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The shutdown showdown takes a day off. Early Sunday morning, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives approved legislation that imposes a one-year delay in key parts of President Barack Obama's health care law.
Now it's back in the Senate's hands. Neither representatives nor senators were in session Sunday but it didn't stop the budget battle banter.
House Republicans are calling on the Senate to pass a spending bill that prevents a partial government shutdown.
"We are just asking them in good faith come back and do what is required by a democracy, to negotiate and work with us," Rep. Tim Griffin (R-Ark.) says.
The latest House bill ties funding for federal agencies to a one-year delay in parts of the Affordable Care Act.
But President Obama and Senate Democrats say they will not support any spending legislation that cuts into Obamacare.
"We're not going to pass it because it is wrong to do a shutdown of government as the leverage to make change," Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) says.
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) says, "This is a terrible destructive strategy, totally unnecessary."
Conservative Republicans say Obamacare is flawed and needs to be repealed or fixed. They blame the Senate Majority Leader for the stalemate. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) says "So far, Majority Leader Harry Reed has essentially told the House of Representatives and the American people, 'Go jump in a lake.' He said, 'I'm not willing to compromise, I'm not willing to even talk.'"
The Senate isn't expected to meet until again Monday afternoon, just 10 hours before a possible shutdown of some government services.