House, Senate Stalemate on Funding Government Shows Few Signs of Ending

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Democrats and Republicans Sept. 29 accused each other of seeking to shut down the government, as both sides showed few signs of movement on a spending bill to fund federal agencies past Sept. 30.
The Senate was not in session Sept. 29 and is set to reconvene in the afternoon of Sept. 30 to consider amendments added to the continuing resolution (H. J. Res. 59) by the House early Sept. 29.
One amendment would delay implementation of Affordable Care Act provisions not in place by Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, 2014. The other amendment would repeal a tax on medical devices. Both are expected to be rejected by the Senate.
In an interview on Face the Nation, Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) said “Tomorrow the Senate will come in session. The House position, which is basically the same one they sent us the last time, is going to be rejected again, and we're going to face the prospect of the government shutting down come midnight Monday night, Tuesday morning.”
Durbin said, however, he was willing to look at the device tax, whose repeal was estimated to cost about $29.1 billion over 10 years in 2012. “Let's do it in a responsible way, with replacement revenue. I predict that the Senate is going to reject this House overture that was sent to us last night,” he said.

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