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With Government Shutdown Looming, Democrats And Republicans Play Game Of Chicken
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- What looked last week like a game of political hot potato has become a high-stakes game of chicken, with continued operation of the federal government and possible wider impact on the overall economy hanging in the balance.
In a move that makes a shutdown appear very likely, House Republicans approved a spending plan early Sunday morning that would delay Obamacare for a year and repeal its tax on medical devices.The temporary budget resolution now goes back to the Senate, where Democrats have consistently said any changes to President Barack Obama's signature health care law would be a deal-killer.On top of that, Obama has already issued a veto threat.
If Washington can't reach a deal, a government shutdown will begin at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday.
A Senate Democratic source told CNN on Saturday there were no plans for the Senate to meet before Monday -- the day the current fiscal year ends.Congress could avert a shutdown by passing a temporary spending measure while the two chambers work out their differences.