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House preps for stopgap spending bill debate

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans controlling the House are seeking to force the Senate to vote on a conservative-backed bill to derail implementation of President Barack Obama's signature health care as a condition of sending the Democratic-led chamber a temporary funding bill to prevent a government shutdown at the end of the month.

The move would be a partial victory for conservatives demanding a House vote to "defund 'Obamacare'" as part of any must-pass stopgap funding bill. But GOP leaders are employing an unusual procedural trick to make sure that the tea party measure doesn't get in the way of passage of a straightforward stopgap funding bill before the Oct. 1 start of the new budget year.

GOP aides requested anonymity to discuss the strategy because lawmakers have yet to be briefed on it.


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