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Tag, you’re it! Senate passes spending bill back to House

Tag, you’re it! Senate passes spending bill back to House

WASHINGTON, D.C. (09/27/2013) - The U.S. Senate Friday voted right down party lines, and passed a continuing resolution – the C.R. -- to fund the government for the next few months.

It’s a so-called “clean” bill, meaning it does not include the defunding of the Affordable Care Act, which is what the House did last week.

The House wrapped up at 11:15 Friday morning, but will return at 10 a.m. Saturday to consider the bill the Senate passed.

What’s unclear is what will happen next. Senate Democrats say the ball’s in the House’s court.

“I think there are some in the Republican Caucus in the House and the Senate that actually want it to shut down. This isn’t just a result that will flow from their actions, they actually want it to shut down,” said Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA). “So far, some of them have put their ideology ahead of having a functioning, operating government.

House Republicans say they already passed a responsible continuing resolution, which also defunds Obamacare, a program they say isn’t working and the American people don’t want it.

There are several options the House can take now, including a spending bill that wouldn’t defund Obamacare, but rather, delay its implementation. 

“To me, [delaying Obamcare] is very reasonable, and I think there are a lot of folks interested in that delay, and making sure we treat everyone fairly and equally. Let the president explain to the American people why he, by executive order, said businesses are going to be exempt from this law for one year. Why then aren’t individuals? That doesn’t make any sense to me,” said Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY).

We could see a back-and-forth all weekend. If the two houses can’t come up with an agreement by Tuesday, the federal government will shut down, meaning only essential employees will be allowed to come to work.