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House Approves ObamaCare Counterproposal, as Shutdown Deadline Looms

The House on Monday narrowly approved a new Republican counterproposal to both rein in ObamaCare and fund the government, with just hours to go until a midnight shutdown deadline.
The House on Monday narrowly approved a new Republican counterproposal to both rein in ObamaCare and fund the government, with just hours to go until a midnight shutdown deadline.

Senate Democrats have already warned that they will not consider any measure that targets ObamaCare. They plan to take up -- and likely reject -- the GOP bill within the hour. That will leave roughly two hours on the clock before midnight.

The House approved its latest proposal on a 228-201 vote.

The new counterproposal would delay the health law's individual mandate by a year, and also prohibit members of Congress, their staffers and other officials from receiving additional government subsidies for their health care. That provision caused consternation among lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, with some reluctant to hurt their own staff by taking away additional subsidies for their health care costs. According to the site Legistorm, the average House staffer salary is under $60,000. Twelve Republicans peeled off in the latest vote to oppose the bill.

Amid the drama, President Obama said he's holding out hope that Congress will come together "in the 11th hour."

A shutdown "does not have to happen," Obama said, during remarks at the White House. The president has called the top four congressional leaders, including House Speaker John Boehner, though no breakthrough was reported.

Congress has until midnight to craft a spending bill, or else the government will begin to wind down. Both sides, though, are digging in deep.

For more information: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/09/30/budget-showdown-test-wills-as-shutdown-deadline-comes-into-view/
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