U.S. Senate rejects House conditions on spending bill

WASHINGTON— The Democratic-led Senate has rejected conditions that House Republicans attached to a temporary spending bill.

On the brink of a government shutdown, the Senate voted 54-46 on Monday to strip a one-year delay in President Barack Obama's health care law from the bill that would keep the government operating. The Senate also stripped a provision that would have eliminated the tax on medical devices.

House Republicans had added the provisions early Sunday morning in their campaign to undo Obama's signature domestic program.

The vote came less than 10 hours before a possible shutdown and with no compromise in sight. Democrats — and a few Republicans — are pressing for the House to approve a straightforward spending bill with no conditions.

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CLAIRE GAMACHE's picture

Good

This country does not negotiate with terrorists. All the polls indicate Republicans will be blamed for shutting down the government and barely 20% of those polled favored shutting down the government to kill the Affordable Care Act. Rumor has it that the Republican caucus reeks of alcohol as they are making the decision to harm our country. Taking the American people hostage is no way to govern. The people have voted twice on this issue and their vote would be respected if these people (the Republican Caucus) believed in a democratic form of government.

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