U.S. House to start votes on budget plan, with Obamacare delay

Get Covered America buttons are seen during a training session in Chicago, Illinois September 7, 2013 before volunteers canvas a Chicago neighborhood to talk with residents about the Affordable Care Act - also known as Obamacare. Credit: Reuters
Get Covered America buttons are seen during a training session in Chicago, Illinois September 7, 2013 before volunteers canvas a Chicago neighborhood to talk with residents about the Affordable Care Act – also known as Obamacare.
Credit: Reuters

The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives will start a series of votes on Saturday to keep the government funded so it can keep running past an October 1 deadline.

The Republican votes will include a measure to delay President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law.

The proposal puts the House on a collision course with the Democratic-led Senate, which passed its own funding measure on Friday stripping out Republican attempts to defund the law, known as Obamacare.

The idea of passing a budget measure with the healthcare element was well-received by the House Republican caucus, which huddled on Saturday morning to plot strategy in the budget standoff.

The House will also start votes on Saturday on a measure to continue pay to the military if lawmakers are unable to clinch a deal to avert a government shutdown, a Republican lawmaker said.


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