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House Votes to Delay Obamacare


The most high-stakes game of chicken is not ending so fast. The House voted in the wee hours Sunday to delay funding for Obamacare, thus all but ensuring a government shutdown starting Tuesday at midnight. The dramatic vote occurred past midnight Sunday, after hours of a rare Saturday session where the House GOP agreed to keep the government running past Tuesday—only if Obamacare funding is delayed a year, which the Senate has already insisted it will reject. The answer: the first government shutdown in 17 years, which will furlough “non-essential” government workers, close national parks, delay passport applications, and keep toxic waste sites from being cleaned—although the House did set in motion a plan to still pay members of the U.S. military.

September 29, 2013 8:04 AM