Countdown to shutdown
Keeping track of the federal budget negotiations in Congress.
Passed a measure that would fund the government through mid-December and defund president Obama’s health-care law, known as Obamacare.
Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) called up the House bill, known as a continuing resolution, and filed a motion that sets up initial votes on the measure.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) spoke against Obamacare on the Senate floor for more than 21 hours. The act was largely symbolic — there were procedures in place that dictated that Cruz had to yield the floor by Wednesday afternoon. He stopped speaking at noon.
To debate motion
The Senate voted unanimously to defeat the first filibuster hurdle at 1 p.m.
The rules allowed for 30 more hours of debate on the motion to proceed before formally approving the start of debate, but around 8 p.m. senators agreed to approve beginning debate on a voice vote.
Reid filed a second motion setting up the next vote, for Friday, to prevent a last filibuster attempt by Obamacare opponents.
If there are 60 ayes, this vote will prevent any filibuster attempt and lock in a time for a final vote on the bill.
The Republican Party’s rebellious right wing blocked a strategy by House Speaker John A. Boehner for navigating a series of deadlines to keep the government funded and avoid a first-ever default.
Prevent all filibusters
The Senate voted 79 to 19 to move the bill forward.
Reid called up his amendment to strip out the portion that would defund Obama’s health-care law. The Senate subsequently voted 54 to 44 to restore funding for the health-care law, with all Republicans voting no. Minutes later, the body approved the overall bill by the same numbers.
Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and House Republican leaders released a joint statement, outlining their new strategy and revoking their former demand to defund the health-care law entirely. The statement detailed three changes to the legislation:
- A one-year delay of all elements of the Affordable Care Act.
- A permanent repeal of the device tax that funded portions of the law.
- Funding for the government through mid-December rather than mid-November.
The statement reads: “We will do our job and send this bill over, and then it’s up to the Senate to pass it and stop a government shutdown.”
House Democrats met at 6 p.m. to discuss a strategy ahead of the vote. A few Democrats who face tough reelection races may break from the party and vote with Republicans.
Reid denounced the House Republican plan, making clear that the Senate will reject the House bill.
The House voted 231 to 192 to pass the new amendment, forcing the Senate to consider the legislation without funding for Obamacare.
The Senate voted 54-46 along party lines to reject the House spending bill at 2:30 p.m. Reid is expected to again strip out the House amendment regarding the health-care law. That exercise requires a simple majority and can be accomplished solely with Democratic votes.
House moderate Republicans on Monday night retreated from their proclamation that they would defeat a procedural hurdle for considering the latest GOP leadership bid to fund the federal government by delaying the individual mandate portion of Obamacare.
After threatening to blow up the bill's progress, just six Republicans opposed the motion to set up the final debate — and several of those were from the far right flank of the GOP caucus. It passed, 225 to 204, and the House is now poised to consider the final passage of the legislation later Monday night.
At 8:42, the House passed a continuing resolution delaying the individual mandate portion of Obamacare. The bill lost the support of a dozen House Republicans but got nine Democrats to support it. It passed 228-201.
Just after 9:30 p.m., senators voted along party lines, 54-46, to kill a House bill that would delay the individual mandate portion of Obamacare.
Both the Senate and the House will have to approve a final funding bill before midnight to avoid a shutdown.
At this point, there is little chance that the government will not shut down Monday night. Rep. Thomas J. Rooney (R-Fla.) said a shutdown was now “likely.”
Not all government functions would simply evaporate — Social Security checks would be mailed, and veterans’ hospitals would stay open. But many federal agencies would shut their doors and send employees home. Here’s a look at how a shutdown would work.
Deadline to raise debt ceiling
Treasury Secretary Jack Lew warned congressional leaders that he will exhaust emergency borrowing measures “no later than Oct. 17,” leaving him with less than $30 billion on hand to pay the nation’s bills.
SOURCE: Staff reports. GRAPHIC: Wilson Andrews and Kennedy Elliott - The Washington Post.