House Votes to Delay Obamacare

    House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, and House GOP leaders, speak to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, after a closed-door strategy session. Pressure is building on fractious Republicans over legislation to prevent a partial government shutdown, as the Democratic-led Senate is expected to strip a tea party-backed plan to defund  the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as "Obamacare," from their bill. Speaker Boehner originally preferred a plan to deliver to President Obama a stopgap funding bill without the provision to eliminate the health care law.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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    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.

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