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House Passes Another Bill To Avert Shutdown, Senate Rejects Another Bill To Avert Shutdown

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House Passes Another Bill To Avert Shutdown, Senate Rejects Another Bill To Avert Shutdown
Weathering the early signs of cracks in their unity, the Republican Party passed its latest spending proposal through the House Monday night, saying it was a good-faith effort to prevent a government shutdown while working to blunt the worst parts of President Obama’s health law.

But less than an hour later the Senate killed the proposal on a party-line vote — the third one in a row it’s shot down — and again demanded House Republicans pass a spending bill without preconditions.

With little more than two hours to go until the midnight deadline, at least a short shutdown was looking inevitable, since it would take at least that much time for the House to put the Senate’s “clean” spending bill through a committee and onto the floor. And that move would assume House Republicans were ready to cave.

Just hours before, House Speaker John A. Boehner had tamped down a rebellion within his ranks from both conservatives, who argued the latest offer was too narrow, and from moderates who said they were tired of flirting with a shutdown.

Despite 12 defections, House Republicans — aided by nine Democrats — powered through a proposal to delay the individual mandate that requires all Americans to have health coverage, and also force members of Congress to forgo taxpayers’ contributions to their health plans.

The 228-201 vote, though, was for naught.

“We are not going to mess around with Obamacare, no matter what they do,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who went on to call Republicans “anarchists” who he said “hate government.” His top deputy, Sen. Richard J. Durbin, accused Republicans of “cowardice.”

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