WASHINGTON DC -- The U.S. House of Representatives voted on its latest spending bill roughly four hours before the midnight deadline for a government shutdown. Like previous versions, the bill delays part of the Affordable Care Act. And as expected, and in almost record time, the Senate rejected it.
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Earlier, there was no shutdown of rhetoric and partisan sniping.
"This is a matter of funding the government and doing what's fair to the American people," said Speaker John Boehner.
President Obama blamed Tea Party Republicans.
"One faction of one party in one house of Congress in one branch of government doesn't get to shut down the entire government just to re-fight the results of an election," said the president.
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The battle over the budget could be just a warm up. In about two weeks, Congress will have to agree to raise the nation's debt limit or the U.S. could default on its loans.
Senate majority leader Harry Reid blasted Republicans. "They are playing with fire, and the American people know who's creating the fire," said Reid.