Senate rejects House budget bill with shutdown near
The U.S. government is inching closer to its first shutdown in nearly two decades after the Senate rejected a budget bill passed by the Republican-led House of Representatives that would delay President Obama's healthcare law by a year.
Within minutes of convening on Monday, the Democratic-led Senate voted 54 to 46 against the bill.
If no decision is reached by midnight U.S. Eastern Time,.. or 1 PM Korea time, the U.S. government will close all non-essential federal services, and more than 700-thousand federal government workers could be sent home on unpaid leave.
The confrontation stems from a push by Republicans to reject key parts of Obamacare, major portions of which are to take effect Tuesday.
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