WASHINGTON (21Alive) – Will there be a government shutdown? The threat gets closer with every passing minute as the deadline for an agreement on a budget is Monday.
The argument between Republicans and Democrats is over funding the Affordable Care Act.
It’s no secret that Republicans disapprove the health care law and want to defund it.
In a meeting late Saturday night House Republicans passed a bill that would fund the government through Dec. 15, but delay the requirement for health care coverage by a year. It would also repeal a tax on medical device manufacturers.
On Friday, Congressman Marlin Stutzman (R – Indiana) says the Affordable Care Act is based on, “limitless government, bureaucratic arrogance and a disregard for the will of the people.”
"Back home Hoosiers still know what this town forgot. They know that their freedom diminishes when government raises taxes, empowers bureaucrats, and issues oppressive mandates. That's exactly why Obamacare was unpopular three years ago and it is unpopular three days ahead of its implementation,” said Stutzman.
Now it's up to the Democratic-controlled Senate on whether that bill passes, which Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D – Nevada) contends is "pointless."
Reid has stated the Senate will reject both aspects of the bill unless the House agrees to the Senate’s continuing resolution passed on Friday.
The resolution will keep the government afloat through mid-November and preserve funding for the Affordable Care Act.
If no agreement is met, officials say this will be the first government shutdown in 17 years.
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