BREAKING NEWS –
The House of Representatives will vote later today on two amendments to a government funding bill that would delay President Barack Obama’s signature health care law for a year and repeal a tax on medical devices that helps fund Obamacare, according to a statement from House Speaker John Boehner’s office.
Senate Democrats have said they would reject any changes to the funding bill they sent back to the House on Friday which stripped out a House provision that defunded Obamacare. Obama said on Friday that he was open to specific ideas that might improve the law “through the normal democratic processes. But that will not happen under the threat of a shutdown.”
If the House and Senate cannot reconcile their differences in the funding bill, it could force a partial government shutdown when the fiscal year ends at midnight Monday.
The House bill would also fund the government through mid-December, rather than mid-November as the Senate version calls for. Boehner’s office also said the House would vote on a measure that would ensure members of the military are paid if a funding bill is not passed.