U.S. shutdown nears as House of Representatives votes to delay Obamacare
The U.S. government may face its first partial shutdown in 17 years, if lawmakers, deeply-divided over President Obama's healthcare law, fail to reach an agreement on a new budget plan before 12.01am U.S. Eastern Time on Tuesday.
The Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed a temporary budget plan early Sunday, that includes a one-year delay of Obama's healthcare reform, more commonly known as Obamacare.
The bill has to be approved by the Senate, but the Democrat-controlled Senate will likely to reject it.
The White House also said President Obama would veto the legislation if the House bill managed to pass the Senate.
If lawmakers fail to reach a deal in time, a partial government shutdown will be unavoidable, with some 800-thousand workers in non-essential government offices put on unpaid leave.
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