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Showdown over ‘Obamacare’ Leads to Shutdown of Federal Gov’t

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New poll shows Americans likely to blame GOP if shutdown occurs

By BVN Staff

The word “looming” may not describe the pending government shutdown as best as the word “inevitable” as of Monday.

For the first time in 17 years, many of the government’s federal offices will cease to function come 12:01 AM October 1 since no resolution could be found between Senate Democrats and Republicans on the stopgap spending bill. House Republicans have been pushing to strike a deal that would halt – if not defund—the Affordable Care Act, a move President Obama has said he has no intention of negotiating.

Today, House Republicans passed an amendment 228-201 to delay the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act. Just as quickly as the House passed the measure, Senate Democrats balked at the amendment voting 54-46.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) indicated Monday that he would not sanction a vote on a stopgap spending bill that does not include changes to the Affordable Care Act.

Two polls released today show Americans largely blame Republicans over stalled budget negotiations that could lead to the government shutdown. According to an ABC News/Washington Post poll, about 63% of Americans disapprove of Republicans’ handling of budget negotiations that could lead to the government shutdown. A similar CNN/ORC poll said 46 percent of Americans would blame congressional Republicans, 36 percent would blame President Obama the most, and 13 percent would blame the GOP and the President.

With no authorized spending resolution for the federal government, hundreds of thousands of federal employees will either go unpaid or be furloughed with no guarantee of back pay.

During a press briefing Monday, President Obama said, "My hope and expectation is that in the 11th hour once again, Congress will choose to do the right thing and that the House of Representatives in particular will choose to do the right thing."

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