US Congress Divided as Federal Shutdown Looms

Less than two weeks before a threatened U.S. government shutdown, leaders of the House and Senate have each ruled out the other’s demands for a funding extension. America’s latest fiscal standoff revolves around funding for President Barack Obama’s signature health care law.

Put simply, a core group of House Republicans refuses to extend federal spending authority that funds the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare.” Senate Democrats refuse to consider any spending bill that omits it.

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