The House passed a bill shortly before midnight that would have delayed the health care act and also requests that the House and Senate meet in a conference to work out their differences. After the 12am (ET) deadline passed this morning the White House Budget office instructed agencies to shut down.
On Monday night, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) stated that "we will not go to conference with a gun to our heads." He requested that the House pass a "clean" CR and then go to conference on the broader budget bills.
The fiscal year ended at midnight Monday and non-essential functions of the federal government shut down. Essential functions, such as national security and public safety, will continue to operate.
The Senate took votes on two different sets of House amendments Monday, voting each time to table the amendments, both of which would have delayed the Affordable Care Act for one year.
The Senate version of the CR is an amended version of the House bill. The House originally sent over a bill that would defund "Obamacare" and fund the government through Dec. 15. The Senate amended that bill to strip the defunding provision and fund the government through Nov. 15. The House version of the CR includes the last amendment passed on Monday afternoon, which would delay the individual mandate portion of the health care bill for one year.
The fiscal year ended at midnight Monday and the White House Budget Office directed non-essential functions of the federal government to shut down. Essential functions, such as national security and public safety, will continue to operate.
On Monday night, President Obama signed into law the bill passed by the House early Sunday morning and the Senate Monday afternoon that will continue funding for military personnel in the event of a government shut down.
The House voted early Sunday morning to pass two amendments to the continuing resolution and an additional bill that would continue to pay for military personnel in the event of a government shut down. The separate military pay bill passed 423-0.
On Friday, the Senate voted, 54-44, along party lines to approve the continuing resolution, a bill to fund the federal government past September 30th, the end of the fiscal year, after stripping out a provision that would defund the Affordable Care Act and moving the next deadline for a budget from Dec. 15 to Nov. 15.
Starting last Tuesday afternoon, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) spoke for more than 21 hours about his opposition to the ACA and why he wants to block the continuing resolution. In this latest series of votes, he voted against ending debate, and against the amended bill.