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4:56am

Mon September 30, 2013
Politics

Are You Ready For Some Shutdown? Here's Monday's Schedule

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 9:37 am

Inside the Capitol, lawmakers are battling over health care and the budget. Outside, many government services may come to a stop at midnight.
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  • From 'Morning Edition': NPR's Ailsa Chang on what's expected to happen Monday
  • From 'Morning Edition': NPR's Scott Horsley on the history of shutdowns

We probably don't need to tell you that it's almost certain there will be a partial shutdown of the federal government just after midnight Monday.

But we do want to lay out the day's agenda.

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6:52am

Sun September 29, 2013
Politics

Shutdown Standoff: 'How Dare You,' And Other Views From Congress

Originally published on Sun September 29, 2013 10:10 am

The federal government remains on track to miss a midnight Monday deadline to fund its operations. Chambers of Congress sharply disagree over a temporary funding bill. Here, the Capitol is seen Saturday.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

The federal government has moved closer to the brink of a shutdown, as the House of Representatives approved a temporary funding bill Saturday night that the Senate and White House say has no chance of becoming law.

The House bill would avert the budget deadline at midnight Monday by funding the U.S. government into December. But it also includes a one-year delay of Obamacare — a provision that Democrats and some Republicans say has no place in a stopgap funding bill.

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3:43am

Sun September 29, 2013
Politics

House Vote Brings Government To The Verge Of A Shutdown

Originally published on Sun September 29, 2013 9:22 am

The lights are on at the Capitol as the House of Representatives works into the night Saturday.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Shortly after midnight Sunday morning, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would keep the government's lights on. It would also delay the Affordable Care Act for a year, making the legislation a non-starter for Senate Democrats and the president.

The ball is back in the Senate's court now, with fewer than 40 hours until a government shutdown begins.

The House bill does three things. First, it's a temporary measure to keep government operations funded through the middle of December.

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11:07am

Sat September 28, 2013
Politics

House Ties Government Funding To One-Year Obamacare Delay

Originally published on Sun September 29, 2013 6:52 am

Speaker of the House John Boehner arrives at the Capitol on Saturday.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Updated at 12:24 a.m. ET Sunday

The House voted early Sunday to tie government funding to a one-year delay in implementing Obamacare, sending the dispute back to the Senate, where it is certain to get a frosty reception. The House measure also repeals the Affordable Care Act's tax on medical devices.

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1:44am

Sat September 28, 2013
It's All Politics

In Washington's Fiscal Tango, Obama's Lacking A Dance Partner

Originally published on Sat September 28, 2013 9:16 am

President Obama speaks about the Affordable Care Act on Thursday in Largo, Md. In the latest fiscal fight with Republicans, the president is lacking a partner to make a deal with — or even to vilify.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Top White House aides constantly refer to a "civil war" in the Republican Party.

They sometimes use the phrase with near delight, reveling in the tensions that threaten to pull apart the GOP. But for President Obama, the divided opposition creates a major problem: He has neither a partner to cut a deal with nor a high-profile adversary to vilify.

That situation stands in stark contrast to previous fiscal standoffs.

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