Close to a government shutdown
WASHINGTON (AP) - The next move is up to the Senate -- but it's not expected to make a partial government shutdown tonight any less likely.
About 800,000 federal workers will be forced off the job without pay if no compromise can be reached by midnight on the legislation that would keep government agencies funded.
A rejection by the Senate would send the measure back to the House, where conservative Republicans are determined to delay by a year some key parts of President Barack Obama's health care law.
On Sunday, the Republican-run House voted to avoid a partial government shutdown next week but also delay President Barack Obama's health care law.
Because of that condition, the White House has promised the overall legislation will be vetoed. That means the two sides are edging closer to a shutdown of many federal services Tuesday morning, with no obvious solution in sight.
The House sent the legislation to the Democratic-run Senate by 231-192.
The bill would delay much of the 2010 health care overhaul for a year. It would also repeal a tax on medical devices that helps finance the health care law.
The shutdown bill will probably never reach Obama because the Senate's majority leader, Nevada Democrat Harry Reid, says his chamber will reject the measure first.
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