SHUTDOWN: U.S. Government Shutdown Almost Certain
The Republicans in Congress moved the nation closer to a government shutdown on Tuesday as House Republicans voted early Sunday 231-192 to advance a stopgap spending measure to delay implementation of President Obama’s health care law for one year.
“We will do our job and send this bill over, and then it’s up to the Senate to pass it and stop a government shutdown,” House GOP leaders said in a joint statement.
The House voted just past midnight ET to send the bill back to the Senate following a day of vigorous debate over the Affordable Care Act, which begins open enrollment on Oct. 1.
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., countered that the public had litigated the healthcare law in 2012 with the re-election of Obama and accused Republicans of “rampant irresponsibility” that increased the prospects of an Oct. 1 shutdown.
“By the way, we won this debate in the election,” Hoyer said on the House floor, “But Republicans refuse to accept the results of the election.”