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