U.S. House passes emergency funding bill, Boehner weighs in
Monday, September 30, 2013 - 00:35
Sept. 30 - As the U.S. government creeps closer to a shutdown, the U.S. House of Representatives approves another emergency funding bill that the Democratic-led senate is sure to reject. House Speaker John Boehner weighed in. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives late on Monday approved another emergency funding bill that the Democratic-led Senate is certain to reject, moving the government closer to a Tuesday shutdown.
House Speaker John Boehner weighed in on the debate, moments before the bill passed.
"But here we find ourselves in this moment dealing with a law that's causing unknown consequences and unknown damage to the American people and to our economy, and that issue was 'Obamacare'," he added
By a mostly partisan vote of 228-201, the House passed the measure and sent it to the Senate where new Obamacare provisions included in the bill are expected to be killed.
If the two chambers cannot agree within the next few hours on legislation to provide government funding, agencies will begin shutting many programs on Tuesday, the start of the new fiscal year.
A U.S. government shutdown is possible on Tuesday, the first day of fiscal 2014, because Congress has so far failed to find a way to pay for it.
A closure would have far-reaching consequences at federal agencies dealing with everything from sending out Social Security checks to collecting admission fees at national parks.
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