“Chances of averting government shutdown appear slim”

NBC NEWS

By Tom Curry, National Affairs Writer

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079 Capitol Hill United States Congress 1993 (Photo credit: David Holt London)

The chances of averting a partial shutdown of the federal government seemed to vanish Sunday as leading members of Congress blamed their opponents for being unwilling to come to an agreement on a spending bill keep government operations running.

The House voted late Saturday night to delay President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul for a year – a move which made it almost inevitable that a partial shutdown — which would idle tens of thousands of federal workers — will start Monday at midnight.

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin said Sunday that the Senate would reject two amendments the House passed late Saturday night – one to delay Obamacare for a year and another to repeal the tax on medical device manufacturers that was included in the Affordable Care Act.

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